Hike to the Camel's Hump Summit via the Burrows Trail

Vermont Burrows Trailhead

Added by Nate Marshall

Camel's Hump is an easy to moderate hike to one of Vermont's best summit views. Early autumn is best time to hike this trail for beautiful New England fall colors.

This adventure takes you up the Burrows Trail from the Huntington side of Camel's Hump. There are multiple trails to the summit, but this trail is the shortest. It is 2.4 miles to the summit with 2300' elevation gain.

The trailhead is accessed from the aptly named Camel's Hump Road out of Huntington Center; follow signs from town towards Camel's Hump Park. Follow this road for about 3.5 miles until you reach a large, free parking lot at Burrows Trailhead. Be sure to take in the starry night sky before putting on your headlamps or turning on your flashlights! Check for sunrise time depending on the season and plan to be at the summit about 30 minutes prior to sunrise to ensure you catch the whole show.

The trail is well maintained and easy to follow with blue blazes marking the way. The first mile is a moderate ascent before increasing in steepness, but nothing technical. If you have chosen a clear morning, the moon is in it's last quarter approaching a full moon, so it provides some light as well. The trail will climb 2.1 miles to a small clearing where other trails merge. You will turn right and take the last 0.3 miles along the Long Trail South. This section is the steepest part as you clear the tree line and become more exposed to the wind.

Environmental Tip: Camel's Hump is one of the few mountains in Vermont that has alpine vegetation at the summit - please do the "rock walk" to protect the alpine!

The summit will be chilly at the top so bring layers. The sun will rise directly over the White Mountains of New Hampshire, creating a beautiful backdrop. The hike back down the mountain will have you surrounded by bright fall colors that you didn't get to experience on the way up in the dark.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food/Snacks
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Camera/Tripod (Optional)
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2300 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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about 2 months ago

great short Hike!

Very nice Hike! I did the 2.4 miles hike from the trailhead situated at the end of the camel hump's road and it was great. The view at the summit is breathtaking. A 360 degree view and a big open space to take pictures without having people in your shots. For a short hike, very impressed! Just be careful guys to always follow the rules at the top, don't walk on the fragile grass please!

about 2 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful hike! If you have the time, agility and want to add some mileage there is a lot more to see. As you descend the other side of the summit via the Long trail if you turn left onto the Alpine trail at approximately 0.4 from the summit on your right is some remains of an B-27 J Bomber plane which crashed in October 1944. Return back to the Long trail and continue until you reach the junction for the Forest City Trail which will then lead you to a cut-off trail back to the Burrows Trail. A great loop hike!

11 months ago

11 months ago

Winter Trek

Climbed to the summit on January 2 via the Burrows Trail. Road is plowed, but a good 4WD vehicle is recommended to make the trip to the trailhead. Trail is well marked, even in the winter. Very easy trek, until the summit ridge. The winds were kicking at 1:45, when I reached the summit, and make it a total whiteout. Beautiful climb up, and the view from the top is unparalleled (I've seen it in the summer).

11 months ago

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