The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Vermont

Monroe Trail
Camel’s Hump State Park • Duxbury

There is no mistaking the distinctive double-humped exposed peak in the center of Vermont’s Green Mountains. It has long stirred the imagination of those who want to name it. The Waubanaukee Indians called it “Tah-wak- be-deece-wadso” that translates to “saddle mountain.” To French explorers in the 1600s it was the “resting lion.” When Vermont Founding Father Ira Allen sketched out a regional map in 1798 he colorfully called the unique mountain “camel’s rump.” By 1830 the name “Camel’s Hump” was in common usage.

Camel’s Hump is the only alpine peak in Vermont without a ski resort on it so it is a very popular canine hiking destination. Several well-marked routes lead to the 4,083-foot summit. The Monroe Trail takes about 2,500 feet of that elevation to climb up the east side of the mountain in 3.3 miles.

Rocks are a big part of your dog’s hiking day here that begins in thick birches and past a reflective beaver pond. After clearing the tree line the boulders become more prominent and many dogs may require a helping hand once or twice. The windswept summit serves up a classic Vermont panorama.

Retreat on the Monroe Trail or make a loop with the Long Trail and Dean Trail that tacks another mile onto the journey. Upon reaching the bottom cool down with an easy stroll on theView Trail, a wide swath of grass, to allow Seaman to admire what he has just accomplished.

HIKING TIME: 3-4 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)


Hiking With Your Dog In Vermont