Burlington, VT: Camels Hump via Monroe Trail

This 6.1-mile hike in the Green Mountains leads to a plane-crash site, crosses a rare alpine zone, and ends up on the state's third-highest peak.
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  • Distance: 6.0



Location: 44.317684173584, -72.8478469848633

Follow blue-blazed Monroe Trail on W side of lot; steady ascent with several stream crossings above Hump Brook


Location: 44.309684753418, -72.8679962158203

Bear R @ Y to stay on Monroe Trail; birches, conifers, and boulders dragged by long-ago glaciers pepper terrain


Location: 44.314998626709, -72.8775024414062

Pass boulder on R (overhang doubles as shelter), then mossy rock ledge


Location: 44.3143157958984, -72.8801803588867

On R, waterfall pours down lichen-covered ledges; many small stream crossings (some rock-hopping) as trail tunnels through pine forest; ahead, hike up rock slabs


Location: 44.3134841918945, -72.8827362060547

Cross two streams and waterfall; walk through tunnel of pines


Location: 44.3163185119629, -72.8804702758789

Turn L @ 4-way onto yellow-blazed Alpine Trail; steep ascent on slick, mossy rocks; quartz chunks shimmer underfoot


Location: 44.3177337646484, -72.884635925293

Side trip: Turn L @ T for a close look at a B-24J bomber’s massive, gray wing from a 1944 crash; retrace steps. Continue NW, past rock overhang; rocky scramble ahead


Location: 44.3187828063965, -72.8870162963867

Turn R @ T and enter alpine zone; ahead, hands-and-knees scramble up steep ledge, then brief trek through spruce forest to summit; cliff face towers above


Location: 44.3195991516113, -72.8863525390625

Camels Hump (4,083 ft.). Breathtaking views of Champlain Valley from exposed, 2-humped summit (VT’s 3rd highest peak). Continue N on Long Trail for rocky descent


Location: 44.3217811584473, -72.8852005004883

Turn R @ 4-way; follow Monroe Trail back to parking lot