“A scenic, moderately difficult loop to the summit of Camel's Hump, this route uses Long Trail and the Forest City Trail.
— Heidi Jewett
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
This run will get you to the top of one of Vermont's best mountains. The view from the summit of Camel's Hump is fantastic.
Be aware of the difference in weather at the summit. There is often times still snow when there is no longer snow left at lower altitudes.
This would be a difficult run in some sections. The Forest City Trail
would make for a nicer option over the more technical Long Trail.
This trail begins from the parking lot at the top of Camel's Hump Road. From the road, you run into the wooded area and immediately will see a large bulletin board with map information, as well as a sign-in and out binder. From this board, take a left and you'll be on the Forest City Connector Trail
. This is a short trail that connects to the Burrows Trail
, and along this route there are a few wooden bridges. Until you reach the intersection with Long Trail, the trees are thick and can block a lot of the potential sunlight in this area. Be aware, this is active bear country.
After 2.2 miles, you'll come to an intersection with the Long Trail, and the Montclair Glen Lodge is only 200 feet from this intersection. To the summit of Camel's Hump is 1.6 miles from this point. From this intersection, you can also access the Dean Trail
and the Allis Trail.
The Long Trail portion of this run is significantly more difficult. There is more scrambling and there are some parts that will require the use of hands and knees, especially for shorter individuals. There are many scenic views along this route though.
The trail becomes increasingly steep and difficult the closer that you get to the summit. As you approach the summit there are roped off sections, to try and help protect the arctic-alpine vegetation. At this part of the run, dogs must be leashed. FYI, this portion of the trail is marked with white blazes, not blue.
A return trek down the Burrows Trail
creates a loop back to the parking lot. This return trail is 2.2 miles.
This run could be done in reverse, but trekking down the Long Trail section may be quite difficult especially in wet conditions.
Flora & Fauna
The summit of Camel's Hump supports one of the Green Mountains' three significant communities of arctic-alpine vegetation. Many of these plants growing above the tree line are rare, threatened, or endangered species in Vermont. These natural communities are extremely fragile; the soils are very shallow and growing conditions are very harsh.