Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Camel's Hump, VT
Trails: Long Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 25, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Bamforth Ridge / Duxbury Window trailhead on Duxbury Road is well-signed and seems to have enough parking to fit both hikers looking to stop at the Duxbury Window and hikers seeking to head all the way to the summit. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Footbridge crosses Gleason Brook not long into the hike. Water sources along the hike are pretty scarce, so be sure you have enough to start. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blowdowns on the trail around Elevation 3500, uphill of the junction with the Alpine Trail but downhill of the pre-summit clearing. Hikers starting to tread paths around the debris. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Nothing to note. 
Bugs: Black flies are a-biting. Fair amounts of wind on the outcroppings up Bamforth Ridge gave some temporary relief. Wish I'd been wise-enough to wear a head-covering mesh like one hiker I passed. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing to note. 
Comments: Thought I would celebrate the beginning of the summertime hiking season by climbing a mountain I hadn't in a number of years. To give an extra challenge - and to make sure I avoided the crowds at the Burrows TH or the Monroe TH - I thought I would climb all the way from the Winooski Valley and really get some elevation change in. The trail up to the Duxbury Window, about 1.5 miles in, was in fantastic shape and has been obviously well-cared for. The trail beyond was in good shape too, but could use a little brush clipping here and there. Trail was dry earth all the way up to the Bamforth Ridge shelter, and then from there alternates between dry earth and dry rock as one ascends the ridge, though there were some very short sections of wet rock approaching the final ascent. Snow is completely gone, at least on trail, and mud was very infrequent. Bamforth Ridge gives photographers a few wonderful views of the Camel's Hump summit on the way up, which one can also use to gauge their progress on the climb.  
Name: Sheamus 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-27 
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