|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Camel's Hump, VT|
||Burrows Trail, Long Trail, Alpine Trail, herd path, Forest City Trail, Burrows-Forest City Trail Connector|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, July 3, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Large parking area at the end of Camel's Hump Road in Huntington, which is quite the long journey in from the highway. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||All trails in good shape. One large blowdown on the LT south of the peak has a worn herd path around it. |
||Maybe not the way we descended, due to steep scrambles. |
||Hardly any. It was quite pleasant to be able to stop for breaks in the woods without being devoured. |
|Lost and Found:
||The first 4K since my partial knee replacement in February. Oddly enough, this was also the last 4K before I had the surgery done.|
Mostly dry trail all around, with some areas of wet ledge and good old Vermont mud. Burrows has to be the easiest route to any 4K peak. Short distance and mostly easy grades. An excellent day on the summit under mostly sunny skies with a light breeze to keep us cool. GMC has a summit steward on hand daily to welcome people and to keep them off the alpine vegetation. We need more of this in the Whites.
We took the rough and tumble LT south to the Alpine Trail, where we did a short side trip to the plane crash. We then doubled back to the LT and continued down the ridge, which offers spectacular views and scrambling. Really a super fun stretch, followed by a steep drop into Wind Gap.
FCT was new to us, and it offered a gentle descent back to the parking area. The short connector trail kinda kicks you in the butt a bit right at the end with a somewhat steep 0.1 mi. climb.
It was fairly warm today, although cooler than NH. The breeze on top definitely helped. We intentionally moved slow on the ascent and took frequent breaks. A perfect day on this magnificent peak.
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.