Camel's Hump (alternatively Camels Hump) is Vermont’s third-highest mountain and highest undeveloped peak. It is perhaps the state's most recognized mountain because of its camel-like shape.
The views from the summit are panoramic and may be the finest of any mountain in the New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. On a clear day, hikers can see far enough to make out the highest peaks in New York (Mount Marcy), New Hampshire (Mount Washington) and Vermont (Mount Mansfield).
Did you know?
Camel’s Hump Mountain is prominently featured on the Vermont state quarter.
Camel's Hump Basics
- Summit elevation: 4,083' (1,245 m)
- Vertical gain: 2,739'
- Hiking mileage: 6.7 miles
- Location: Camel's Hump State Park, Huntington, VT
Hiking Camel's Hump
Although there are shorter routes to the summit, Six-Pack of Peaks Challengers should follow the 6.7 mile Long Trail Loop.
- Driving from Boston, MA: 2:39 (138 Miles)
- Driving from Portland, ME: 2:29 (104 Miles)
- Look-up turn-by-turn directions to the trailhead here on Google Maps
Where to Stay and Eat
There are no dedicated campsites at the Camel's Hump trailhead but overnight camping is allowed at a number of locations nearby.
There are many lodging options within an hour drive of the park entrance. Hikers can opt to stay in Burlington on the shores of picturesque Lake Champlain or head east to the quintessential small New England town of Stowe with its stunning view of the surrounding mountains.
The Burlington and Stowe areas offer plenty of great dining options. I highly recommend Plate restaurant located just across the street from the Green Mountain Inn in downtown Stowe. Just a few steps away from there hikers can also enjoy live music and a range of locally brewed beers at Tap 25.
Thanks to New England Six-Pack of Peaks Ambassador Craig Wonson for local recommendations and details.
This hike is part of the New England Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, a series of challenging hikes up six iconic New England mountains. Sign-up to take the challenge today!