Camel's Hump

Camel's Hump

Quick Facts

Camel's Hump

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Overview

This is an undeveloped park with no campground or visitor services available. There are designated parking areas at trail heads on Camel's Hump Road on both sides of the mountain. Also, there are parking areas along River Road in Duxbury for the Long Trail.

On the Duxbury side, the Monroe Trail is somewhat challenging, but there's also an accessible loop with its own parking area. This loop is 8/10 of a mile long and is wide and flat, making it perfect for both young children and older visitors. It has three viewing spots leading up to the summit of Camel's Hump.

On the Huntington side, the Burrows Trail is a bit shorter and attracts lots of hikers. On nice days, especially during weekends, it's always a good idea to get there early (around 8am) to ensure parking.

All trails get more rugged as they get closer to the summit.

Trails close when snow begins melting and open the weekend before Memorial Day. Even then, if the trails are very wet and muddy it's best to stay off them - use your best judgment. Alternatives are Honey Hollow Road in Bolton, forest roads in the Camel's Hump area, or the CCC road at Underhill State Park.

Primitive camping is allowed only in the lower elevations and away from trails, roads, and water, in accordance with the state primitive camping guidelines. Otherwise, overnight camping is permitted only in Green Mountain Club shelters and lodges, and at Hump Brook Tenting Area. Shelters and lodges are supervised by GMC from May to October with a nominal fee for overnight use. There is a 2-night limit. The shelters are open year-round, and reservations are not accepted. Open fires are permitted only in tent platform fire rings and in designated primitive camping areas. Camping facilities are also available at nearby Little River State Park.

Map of Camel's Hump

Latitude, Longitude: 44.317830, -72.877207

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Seasonality/Weather

Trails close when snow begins melting and open the weekend before Memorial Day. Even then, if the trails are very wet and muddy it's best to stay off them - use your best judgment. Alternatives are Honey Hollow Road in Bolton, forest roads in the Camel's Hump area, or the CCC road at Underhill State Park.

Directions

Driving

From the North: Bamforth Parking Area for the Long Trail (this trail head can be approached from the east or west, so two descriptions are needed):

To get to this trail head from the Burlington area or I89 exit 11, the best route is to use VT Rt. 2 through Richmond to Jonesville, turn right across the Winooski River bridge, then a very short distance on Cochran Road from the bridge to the first left onto the Duxbury Road, then about 3.1 miles along Duxbury road to the Long Trail parking area on the right.

To get to this trail head from the Waterbury area or I89 exit 10, the best route is to turn southwest onto Winooski Street, go to the end of this street, and turn right onto River Road. Winooski Street is just under 0.2 miles from the I89 off ramp in Waterbury following VT Rt. 2 to the left, or just over 0.1 miles on VT Rt. 2 from the junction with Stowe Street at the traffic light. Once on River Road, follow this road for just over 6.5 miles to the Long Trail parking lot on the left.

From the South: The major access point is along VT Rt. 17 for the Long Trail, which crosses the road at the top of Appalachian Gap. The parking area next to VT Rt. 17 is available year round. Approaching from the west it is about 9.6 miles from VT Rt. 17's junction with VT Rt. 116 near Bristol, approaching from the east it is about 6.1 miles from VT Rt. 17's junction with VT Rt. 100 in the Waitsfield area.

From the East: The major access point is the parking areas for the Monroe Trail in the summer; in the winter an alternative parking area nearby is provided. The approach to the Monroe parking areas, one of the busiest access points on Camel's Hump State Park, is using Camel's Hump Road in North Duxbury.

From the Burlington area, or I89 exit 11, the best route is to use VT Rt. 2 through Richmond to Jonesville, turn right across the Winooski River bridge, then a very short distance on Cochran Road from the bridge to the first left onto the Duxbury Road, which changes name to River Road at the Bolton/Duxbury towns line.

Follow this road about 5.8 miles to the stop sign at the base of Camel's Hump Road, turn right up Camel's Hump Road, and go about 3.6 miles to the end of the road at the parking areas (there are two parking areas near each other here).

The approach to the Monroe Trail parking areas from the Waterbury, or I89 exit 10 area turn left at the base of the Interstate ramp in Waterbury and go just under 0.2 miles to a right turn onto Winooski Street, follow this road to the end, a junction with River Road, turn right, go about 3.8 miles on River Road to a left turn onto Camel's Hump Road.

Proceed up Camel's Hump Road about 3.6 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road. In the winter, the alternative parking area is about 3.2 miles up Camel's Hump Road from River Road, turn left across a small wood bridge, go about 0.1 miles to the parking area.

From the West: The major access point is for the Burrows and Forest City Trails; the Burrows Trail being the busiest access point on Camel's Hump State Park. From the west the best approach is using VT Rt. 116 from Bristol to it's junction with VT Rt. 17, turning right onto VT Rt. 17 go about 7 miles to a left turn onto Gore Road, which turns into Main Road.

Proceed on this road for about 6.2 miles to Camel's Hump Road in Huntington Center, turn right onto Camel's Hump Road, proceed about 3.4 miles to the Burrows Trail parking lot at the end of the road.

Approaching the Burrows Trail area from I89 exit 11, use VT Rt. 2 to Richmond, turn right at the traffic light onto Bridge Street, proceed on this road, which turns into Huntington Road, then Main Road, just over 9.4 miles to Camel's Hump Road in Huntington Center, turn left onto Camel's Hump Road and go about 3.4 miles up this road to the Burrows parking lot at the end. The Forest City trail head is about 2.6 miles up Camel's Hump Road from the Main Road.

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