Camel's Hump viewed from the east. The Long Trail runs along its spine. Wind Gap is visible as the notch in its profile at the far left.
Camel's Hump is an icon of Vermont. Its image is found on the Vermont coat-of-arms and on Vermont's contribution to the United States series of twenty-five cent coins. Its terrain attracts cross-country skiers, snowshoers, hikers, animal trackers, hunters and environmental scientists from around the world. Its peak is located along Vermont's Long Trail.
The mountain was called Dowabodiwadjo by the Abenaki peoples living in the area before European adventurers arrived. French explorer Samuel de Champlain referred to it as Lion Couchant (resting lion). The current name, Camel's Hump, evolved from Camel's Rump—its name on a late 18th century map produced by an early settler, Ira Allen.
The hiking trails on Camel's Hump are well-maintained by the Green Mountain Club and by employees of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The trails are cleared and blazed but can be rocky, wet and steep in many locations. Hikers and other visitors to the mountain should
Maps of the Camel's Hump trail system are located on bulletin boards at its various trailheads. Visitors are encouraged to register in the trail logbooks at the trailheads and sign out when leaving. Doing so will help in maintaining an accurate census of visitors and may provide useful information for rescuers.
Although the peak may be in the clouds on some days, hikers who reach the summit of Camel's Hump often can be rewarded with a 360º view that encompasses Lake Champlain, the Champlain Islands, and the Adirondack Range to the west; Mount Mansfield, Bolton Mountain, the Worcester Range and Jay Peak to the north; Lincoln Peak, Mount Ethan Allen and Molly Stark Mountain to the south and, on an exceptionally clear day, New Hampshire's Mount Washington to the east.