Observations | Hiking Camel’s Hump Mountain | August 2009
Camel’s Hump State Park’s Burrows Trail in Huntington is a moderate day hike leading to top-notch Green Mountain Range views from the summit one of Vermont’s tallest peaks – Camel’s Hump.
In a span of seven days I had the pleasure of hiking Burrows Trail to the Camel’s Hump summit in rural Huntington, Vermont three times. There is something luring to me about standing on top of a bare rock mountain peak (elevation 4,079 feet). One could say that I became obsessed with the offer of the expansive view of at least three New England states (VT, NY and NH).
Once know as Camel’s “Rump”, Camel’s Hump can be accessed from the aptly named Camel’s Hump State Park which is located off of Camel’s Hump Road in Huntington, Vermont. Burrows Trail begins at Camel’s Hump State Park. There is a parking area, out houses, an information board and a clearly defined trail-head. The roughly 2.4 mile long trail is well maintained by The Green Mountain Club (GMC). It’s a moderate hike to the summit which can be done in a little over an hour if you are moving at a fast pace. At a normal to slow pace I would plan on 1 1/2 to 2 hours to the summit. On weekends during summer and fall one might encounter ten or fifteen fellow hikers on the trail and/or at the summit. In the winter the Burrows Trail is also used as a snowshoe, ski and snowboarding route.
Short descriptions and photographs of my three visits to Camel’s Hump summit at the end of August 2009:
Day 1: 9:00 am hike – cloudy but, the white puffy clouds were literally flowing over the summit and breaking on the mountain and me. It was an incredible experience. Temperature – chilly with only a (sweat soaked) t-shirt and shorts. (bring extra layers, even in summer). Must have been eight other people at the summit.
Day 2: 12:00 pm hike – clouds, and lots of them . Temperature – again chilly but this time I had an extra layer. Approximately fifteen other people and at least two dogs at the summit.
Day 3: 5:00 pm hike – sunny with spots of clouds. Temperature – damn cold! even with an extra layer! I was the only one on the summit – it was absolutely amazing!
The hike up the summit of Camel’s Hump from Burrows Trail is a great way to quickly explorer one of Vermont’s most precious resources, the forest. Fill up your water bottle, pack up an extra layer of clothes, put on your hiking boots (don’t forget to check the weather forecast for Huntington, VT) and hike the Burrows Trail to the summit to experience the spectacular views from Vermont’s 3rd tallest peaks.