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Peaks Camel's Hump, VT
Trails
Trails: Monroe Trail, Alpine Trail, Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: For a late start on a Sunday morning we found parking in the upper lot; both lots were packed in the afternoon when we were leaving. Access road is in great condition for a gravel/dirt road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor, rock-hopping brook crossings where water crosses the trail on a few occasions between Dean and Alpine trail intersections. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None on Trail, but privy on the upper lot at the Monroe trailhead is closed; there are porta-johns in the lower lot, though.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Please abide by the rules and leash your pooch! 
Bugs
Bugs: Nearly non-existent... on the ascent nothing bothered us, perhaps because of the cool breezy conditions, and on the descent there were a few more mosquitoes, but very tame for a walk in the deep woods. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
 
Comments
Comments: Monroe Trail, Alpine Trail (South Spur), Long Trail (Northbound to Summit)

After some rain overnight and early in the morning, the trails were soggy and muddy in certain sections, especially on the Alpine Trail, but the exposed rock above the tree line and below the summit was dry. The only downside was wet and muddy soles of shoes losing a little grip on the rocks. The wind was also very gusty above the treeline, and made the ascent of Camel's Hump on the northbound section of the Long Trail that much more of a white-knuckle scramble. Otherwise the Monroe Trail was in superb shape - just a few sections up high with a little mud an water, but the majority of the trail was dry and fast. Partly cloudy skies and haze muted the extensive views at the top - could barely make out the outline of Champlain, the 'Dacks, and the Whites - but still provided more than enough "vista reward" for the time on trail. Wind and clouds at the top also made it chilly - needed the fleece. Lastly, the section of the Monroe between the Dean and Alpine trail intersections is probably one of the most enchanting section of below treeline trails I have ever walked with the small waterfalls and brooks running beside the trail.  
Name
Name: SkyeRunner 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rjmacd79@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-08-23 
Link
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