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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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  • I am from CO and consider myself an intermediate hiker. I've done a couple of 14ers and a lot of day hikes. I didn't think too much of this hike as we started and I will say it kicked my butt! Vermont...  more »
  • A relatively difficult hike for a novice hiker in her 50s. I’d suggest walking poles to take some pressure off the knees. It’s a long hike and so worth it! Good to do with older kids, couples and rela...  more »
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  • Hiked this August 1st ‘19 and it was amazing. We did the Monroe trail. A bit of a challenge because it’s quite a ways to get to the top but it really is an awesome view. We hiked it with our 15 pound cockapoo puppy and he just blasted through the terrain like it was nobody’s business. We met people of all ages along the trail. Really recommended. Give yourself some time, it was a 3 hour hike up with breaks along the way. A great way to enjoy the Vermont scenery while also getting some exercise in. Hiking/running shoes recommended. Go for it!
  • 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.
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