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Camel's Hump, Montpelier

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Camel's Hump is Vermont's third-highest mountain and highest undeveloped peak. Because of its distinctive profile, it is perhaps the state's most recognized mountain, featured on the state quarter. It is part of the Green Mountain range. With its neighbor to the north, Mount Mansfield, it borders the notch that the Winooski River has carved through the ridgeline of the Green Mountains over eons. The hiking trails on Camel's Hump were among the first cut in the Long Trail system, and Camel's Hump remains a popular summit for through- and day-hiking. The mountain is part of Camel's Hump State Park.NameSince Europeans first saw the mountain, probably on Samuel de Champlain's 1609 trip down Lake Champlain to the west, the mountain has had a number of names related to its distinctive shape. De Champlain named the mountain "Le Lion Couchant", a heraldic image which roughly translates as "The Resting Lion". Ira Allen later referred to the mountain as "Camel's Rump" on a map from 1798. It was not until 1830 that the name "Camel's Hump" came into usage. The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) lists twelve variant names including Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-so wadso and Catamountain. While place names are determined by local usage the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) serves as a central authority in the United States concerning place names. Since its inception in 1890 the BGN has discouraged the use of the genitive apostrophe. Local usage is often at odds with this policy and so the name of this mountain is alternatively spelled with and without an apostrophe.
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  • Trails aren’t ready for visitors but I’m so ready for this mountain again. It’s my fav in all of Vermont. Either side, all sides, trails excellent. Spring is a magical time on this mountain with so ma...  more »
  • Camel's Hump is a very interesting to realize, mount me and my wife went there last November 9, the weather was not lenient, but we still did a nice hike, we borrow the Monroe Trail, until the Dean Trail, which allowed us to join the Long Trail, we reached the Summit of camel's hump this path, once at the top a very strong wind was waiting for us there, we continued on the Long trail to join the Monroe trail that brought us to the parking We have completed the trail in 6hrs 15, to a light rhythm. Don't forget your headlamp, if you leave more than 10:00 am. Plan ahead, good clothes, good equipment and you will have a great hike.
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  • I hiked this during the last week of December and it was beautiful still. Even with the snow and significant under layer of ice it was a great winter hike. I would highly suggest wearing crampons and using poles since the trail is entirely covered with snow at this point. It will make the overall experience significantly easier. I had neither and it was all still possible to complete albeit exhausting. Despite it not being hot you will run through a lot of water because of the extended effort to walk through snow uphill. Bring more water than you anticipate. The trails are quiet and we ran into only three other people on the entirety of our hours spent on the mountain. It's a beautiful way to spend a day! Can't wait to return during the summer months.
  • A fantastic hike! Plan your route well as each trail varies from intermediate to challenging.

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