Monday, June 23, 2014

CAMEL'S HUMP: 6/19/14

On the first day of an impromptu overnight getaway to the beautiful Green Mountains, Carol and I enjoyed a great day on what many consider Vermont's finest peak, the magnificent 4083-ft. Camel's Hump. After climbing up the Burrows Trail from the west - the shortest route to the Hump but still a good workout with 2300 ft. of elevation gain in 2.4 miles - we spent more than two hours taking in some of the best views in the Northeast.

The lower half of the Burrows Trail led through a typically gorgeous Vermont hardwood forest.

I admired this old leaning yellow birch.

From mile 1.5 to the ridgecrest at 2.1, the Burrows Trail is your typically steep, rocky, eroded, and relentless 4K climb.

From an old hut clearing on the ridgecrest, the rocky summit is in sight above. Here we turned right onto the legendary Long Trail.

An open stretch with sweeping views to the west.

A happy peakbagger at the summit.

Looking south to Mt. Ellen and the Mad River Glen and Sugarbush ski areas. Breadloaf and Wilson, two New England 100 Highest peaks in the Breadloaf Wilderness, are in back to the left.

Looking north to Bolton Mountain, Mt. Mansfield and beyond.

The Waterbury area and the Worcester Range.

My favorite vista from the Hump -- looking down the south spur to the Mt. Ethan Allen range, looking wild and pristine.

Mt. Ethan Allen (L) and Mt. Ira Allen (R), with Burnt Rock Mountain peering over in back.

It was a perfect day for hanging out on the expansive summit ledges. There were quite a few people - and dogs - coming and going, but there's room enough here for folks to spread out (taking care to "Do the Rock Walk" and not trample any fragile alpine vegetation).

Carol does a little exploring on the south side of the summit.

This outcrop displays the contorted folds of the mountain's metamorphic rock.

Looking east, broad-spreading Mt. Moosilauke is seen beyond the Signal Mountain Range, with Mt. Kineo and Carr Mountain to the R.

An impressive drop-off at the south cliffs.

Here there's an even better perspective on that great southern vista.

Looking down the valley ascended by the Burrows Trail.

The Adirondacks sprawl beyond Lake Champlain. I could pick out about 20 of the 46 High Peaks, plus about two dozen NH 4000-footers, and three others in the Greens.

A summit reference mark.

It was hard to leave the summit on such a glorious day.

Another look at the vast view to the north. Mt. Mansfield in the distance to the L. Ledgy Bamforth Ridge, the northern route of the Long Trail off Camel's Hump, is in the center.

Last looks before heading into the trees.

Zoom on Mt. Mansfield behind Bolton Mountain.

The Hump is a National Natural Landmark, and rightly so.

Mt. Ethan Allen from a field along Camel's Hump Road in Huntington. What a beautiful area!


  1. It's terrific that you and Carol could share such a 'blue-bird' day by hiking to a destination as magnificent as Camels Hump. That mountain ranks very high on my list of favorites! It's easy to understand why many consider it as Vermont's finest peak!

    Thanks for sharing your VT vacation via this report!


    1. Thanks, John! I'd only been up Camel's Hump once before, and it was 30 years ago. What a great mountain! I look forward to trying more routes there.