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Burlington, VT: Camels Hump Loop

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.

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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

To Trailhead

Take I-89 southeast for 10.3 miles to exit 11 and turn right on US 2. Go 1.6 miles and turn right on Bridge St. Go 0.6 mile and turn right on Huntington Rd. In 4 miles, continue straight on Main Rd. Go 4.9 miles and turn left on Camels Hump Rd. Continue 3.4 miles to the trailhead.

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