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

4.8 miles 2300 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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.

Read More


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

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!

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).

Stay Nearby

Duxbury, Vermont

Adirondack Style Log Cabin

Make yourselves at home and enjoy the peace and serenity of our secluded property. With 4 luxury guest rooms and magical 2-story treehouse (open seasonally), the property includes a hot tub, hiking...

From $1,076/night

Duxbury, Vermont

Magical New England Treehouse

Start at the steps that wind all the way to the top of the Magical New England Treehouse. As you make your way, step by step, take in the view of the woods and notice the pond below. Look closely a...

From $550/night

Waterbury, Vermont

Rachel Lane Getaway

Serene, mountain-view tent site located on 10 private acres with pond near hiking trails. Feel as though you are miles away from society on a private road, yet 5 minutes to all Waterbury has to o...

From $99/night

Monkton, Vermont

Cedar Lake Camp Site

Perfect centrally located site. 30 minutes from Burlington, 30 minutes from Middlebury, and 10-15 minutes from the quaint towns of Vergennes and Bristol. Come fish and kayak on beautiful Cedar Lak...

From $35/night

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to the Camel's Hump Summit

    You'll begin your Monroe Trail hike at approximately 1500', parking in one of three designated gravel lots along Camel's Hump Road in Duxbury. This trail is 6.8 miles round trip, and gains approximately 2583' in elevation. It is located on the e...

    6.8 miles 2600 ft gain

  • Hike the Burnt Rock Mountain Trail

    The Burnt Rock Mountain Trail is a 4.9 miles hike just outside of Moretown, Vermont. Dogs are allowed on this trail, but must be kept on leash. The trail turns into a bit of a scramble near the top, so be prepared to experience some fun terrain. T...

    4.9 miles 2132 ft gain

  • Hike the Lake Mansfield Trail to Nebraska Notch

    The Nebraska Notch Lake Mansfield Trail is a pleasant 3.6 miles roundtrip and can be trafficked year-round (snowshoes are recommended in the winter). There are gorgeous waterfalls along the trail and amazing views from the top. The trail follows a...

    3.6 miles 803 ft gain

  • Hike Mt. Hunger

    Mt Hunger stands at 3540 ft and face Vermont's tallest mountain, Mt Mansfield. At 45 min drive from Burlington, this is a challenging out and back hike.  The views it offers and the waterfalls you will find along the path, makes it a good alternat...

    4.2 miles 2263 ft gain