To mix things up a little bit on this Christmas weekend, we headed over to Vermont to climb Camel's Hump. This was the first time for Leesa. We arrived at 10 AM and were treated to blue skies, even though the forecast called for mostly cloudy.
I decided we would climb via the Burroughs Trail and then decide whether we would come back on the same trail or take the Long Trail to the Forest City trail.
The parking lot was about half full when we got there, and we expected more people to arrive. I kept Rev on the leash due to the number of people on the trail.
|Leaving the hardwoods and entering the softwoods|
Camel's Hump is one of the most popular peaks in VT and it is visible from much of the Champlain Valley. The trail was wet down low, but there was minimal ice and no snow.
We saw several groups on the way and and on the way down, but we had the summit to ourselves for the first five minutes after we arrived before a group of three showed up.
|Just a little rime ice.|
|Mount Mansfield in the distance to the north.|
|Leesa on Camel's Hump.|
On the summit, I asked Leesa how she wanted to proceed. She opted to continue on the Long Trail to the Forest City Trail so that is what we did. It turned out to be a great choice. We got to have the warm sun in our faces as we walked south. We got back down into the woods and I let Rev off the leash. There were not many people on this route. The crowds were taking the Burroughs Trail both ways.
|Starting to head south on the Long Trail|
|Leesa... trying to keep up with Rev and I|
|A good look back at Camel's Hump.|
I think I actually like the Long Trail/ Forrest City route better... at least being in the sun for part of the hike. It's nice to do a loop hike and not an out-and-back.
We stopped in at the Montclair Glen lodge when we got to the Forrest City trail. No one was there and we had a few snacks before heading down and out. It's a great little lodge.
|Montclair Glen lodge.|
From the lodge it's an easy walk of 1.5 miles to the trailhead via the Forrest City trail and the short 0.1 mile connector trail.
Hike Distance: 5.5 miles
Hike Time: 4 .5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~2300'