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Long Trail: Monroe Skyline

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Distance: 15.1 miles


Sample a 15-mile stretch of the Long Trail on this challenging leg between Appalachian Gap and Duxbury Road. Expect steep scrambles, big elevation gains, and sweet views.
  • Hiking in the Green Mountains
  • Camel's Hump State Forest
  • Cowles Cove Shelter
  • Climbing Burnt Rock
  • Blazes on Burnt Rock
  • Trail Ladder
  • Ethan Allen Overlook
  • Montclair Glen Lodge
  • Up the Hump
  • Camel's Hump
  • Sidehill Scramble
  • The Final Push
  • Views on the Descent
  • Hump Cairns
  • Steep Roots

The 273-mile Long Trail tracing the spine of Vermont's Green Mountains has a well-deserved reputation for bringing the pain—to your quads. It shoots straight up and over peaks, instead of switchbacking. This 15-mile section—known as the Monroe Skyline—is a prime example. Expect 8,000 feet of ups and downs, challenging routefinding around blowdowns, hand-over-hand scrambles up steep granite slabs, and thin sidehill traverses. No pain, no gain, right?

You'll enjoy wicked multi-state views from the tips of the 'Dacks all the way down to the surface of Lake Champlain. The bald, 4,083-foot summit of Camel's Hump, which is this section's crux, features rare (for this latitude) alpine vegetation and a stone lodge for weary hikers. You'll also find pure solitude on seldom-traveled Mounts Ira Allen and Ethan Allen, and then finish up by descending one of the Long Trail's few long, rocky ridgewalks.

INFO: No permits required. (802) 244-5867; greenmountainclub.org.

-Mapped by Berne Broudy

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