|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Camel's Hump, VT|
||Monroe Trail, Dean Trail, Hump Brook Tentsite Spur, Long Trail, Alpine Trail, herd paths|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 21, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I got a spot in the upper lot at the end of Camels Hump Road as I was there shortly after sunrise. When I returned at 2pm, it was a bit of a horror show. Both lots were jammed and cars were parked along the road, making for a very narrow corridor to drive through. I doubt emergency vehicles would have made it through if needed. I didn't see if the overflow lot was full, but it likely was with the amount of people I saw. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Upper half of MT has several eroded sections where people are not using the rock steps for whatever reason. No blowdowns anywhere. All trails well signed. Faded blazes on ledges along LT, but not hard to follow the trail. Waterbars on all trails need cleaning. |
||Sure, saw many. Not much water on this route though. |
|Lost and Found:
||A vest hung in a tree and a sweatshirt on the ground along the MT. I carried out both and left them at the kiosk. ||
||A beautiful and somewhat windy day on this peak. I've been meaning to come here for a while and it didn't disappoint.|
Easy walking along MT and DT all the way out to the LT, where the terrain abruptly changes. The LT climbs out of Wind Gap very steeply and roughly up and over the cliffs you can see from the beaver pond along DT. Excellent views from the open cliffs and ledges up here, with some fun scrambling. Beyond here, the trail is a pleasant ridge walk.
The climb up the cone along LT is steep and rough, all the way to treeline. One somewhat tricky move climbing the last stretch to the summit where you have to swing around an exposed ledge with a drop on one side. Pretty windy and chilly when I arrived at the summit, but bright sun also. Excellent but somewhat hazy views in all directions. I didn't stick around too long as the crowds started to pour in. Also, please don't bring a screaming / crying baby to the summit. : /
Descending, I hopped on Alpine Trail and took the two short herd paths to the plane crash wreckage. If headed down, the second path has the biggest chunk, a wing.
Back down on MT, swarms of people were headed up, many unprepared and two looked to be really struggling and they hadn't even hit the steep stuff yet. I'm glad I started when I did!
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.