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.
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-Mapped by Berne Broudy
- Distance: 24.3
Location: 44.211026, -72.930738
The LT re-enters the woods and begins a steep climb up a two-tiered climb up Baby Stark and Molly Stark Mountain. This climb is one of the steepest, stretches on the LT. Ahead, the LT passes a junction with the Overlook Trail.
Location: 44.225163, -72.925326
Just past the summit of Molly Stark Mountain, reach Molly Stark's Balcony, an overlook that offers great views of Camel's Hump to the north/northeast. From here it's a short descent to Birch Glen Camp, the end of section 8.
Location: 44.23659, -72.930078
Section 8 ends at Birch Glen Camp.
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Section 9 departs northeast from Birch Glen Camp heading toward Huntington Gap.
Location: 44.240892, -72.909341
The LT crosses Huntington Gap and also the Catamount Trail.
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The LT passes the Cowles Cove shelter.
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The LT passes the Hedgehog Trail. Ahead, the climb up Burnt Rock Mountain gets steep with a few scrambling sections.
Location: 44.267714, -72.895918
Burnt Rock Mountain: Enjoy views north of Ira and Ethan Allen as well as Camel's Hump. The LT is about to head up all three. Ahead, the LT drops off Burnt Rock via a trail ladder before making a steady ascent of the east slopes of Ira Allen up the "Paris Skidway."
Location: 44.301002, -72.879868
The LT meets the Allis Trail and turns left to continue towards the Montclair Glen Lodge and then then Wind Gap.
Location: 44.293876, -72.884331
Mount Ethan Allen: Enjoy the overlook to the east. Ahead, the LT descends north to Wind Gap before the steep climb up Camels Hump.
Location: 44.303489, -72.882915
The LT passes a junction for the Forest City Trail; ahead at Wind Gap, the trail jogs west then east to begin clambering up the southern face of Camels Hump.
Location: 44.318861, -72.887004
The LT meets a bad weather bypass option (the yellow-blazed Alpine Trail) which leads around the Jump to rejoin the LT heading north. Ahead, the LT skirts below th southern face of the hump and climbs the more manageable (but exposed) rocks on the south/west side.
Location: 44.319551, -72.886335
Camels Hump: Great views abound from the summit--Mt. Mansfield to the north, Mt. Washington to the east, Mt. Marcy (and other Adirondacks) to the west. The LT continues north across the exposed rock summit area; use caution not to disturb the sensitive alpine plants in this area.
Location: 44.321994, -72.885498
Continue through Camel's Hump Clearing, the site of an old 19th century mountain lodge. from here, the LT begins a steady descent off the Hump on an exposed ridgeline (one of only a few on the entire LT).
Location: 44.32907, -72.87918
The LT meets up again with the Alpine Trail (the bad weather bypass around the Hump summit).
Location: 44.349478, -72.865148
The LT passes the Bamforth Ridge shelter. Here, the descent mellows and the trail soon widens.
Location: 44.362036, -72.876348
The LT turns north to descend through a drainage. Here there is access to the Gleason Brook. Ahead the trail crosses over the Brook via a bridge before finishing the descent.
Location: 44.369202, -72.879408
Here the LT meets Duxbury Road. Turn left to continue continue 3.2 miles to Cochran Road. There, turn right, walk across the Jonesville Bridge, across US-2, under I-89, and continue north for about .3 mi to re-enter the woods at waypoint 131.
Hiking in the Green Mountains
Location: 44.360985, -72.868195
Camel's Hump State Forest
Location: 44.211234, -72.931334
Cowles Cove Shelter
Location: 44.254562, -72.905809
Climbing Burnt Rock
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Blazes on Burnt Rock
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The LT's white blazes are painted on the bare rock on the way up Burnt Rock.
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Dropping down a trail ladder into Ladder Ravine.
Ethan Allen Overlook
Location: 44.293906, -72.88373
Montclair Glen Lodge
Location: 44.301032, -72.882571
Up the Hump
Location: 44.306253, -72.8827
Steep rock scrambles are the name of the game.
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The prominent summit is present throughout the climb.
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The exposed sidehill slab on Camels Hump.
The Final Push
Location: 44.319365, -72.88682
A hiker approaches the Camels Hump summit.
Views on the Descent
Location: 44.329389, -72.878923
The descent from Camels Hump offers great views as well.
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Cairns mark the route down from Camels Hump.
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The descent down towards Bolton steepens here.