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Burlington, VT: Camels Hump Loop

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Distance: 5.1 miles


This loop lumps a lot into 4.9 miles: big climbs (2,200 feet), panoramic views (from New York to New Hampshire), and alpine plants rarely found in the Northeast.
  • Camel's Hump ahead
  • Rocky outcropping
  • View to the west
  • Mt. Mansfield view
  • John Muir Trail Section 1: Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Valley
  • John Muir Trail Section 1: Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Valley

Several routes promise access to this 4,083-foot highpoint in the Green Mountains, also labeled the third tallest peak in Vermont. This 4.9-mile loop approaches Camels Hump via the south ridgeline then returns by descending west (near Bald Mountain) then south back to the trailhead.

Over the course of 2,200 feet, the hike transitions from mixed forest to red spruce to fragile alpine tundra where plants often found in higher mountain ranges—like the Rockies—grow. The final climb is steep and somewhat exposed as the trail traverses up the distinctive bare rock hump. On the top, clear days deliver panoramic views to the Adirondacks, past Lake Champlain, and over to Mount Washington, the tallest peak in New Hampshire.

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

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