|Another glorious sunrise!|
We took Burrows Trail, and with barely four hours of choppy sleep during the long ride to the trailhead, we tiredly began up the trail through the dark forest. Stars were clearly visible, and the trail was wide and easy to follow. Spikes came in handy, snowshoes were unnecessary.
Once the incline hit, it got tough, mostly because of my tired state. We met with the Long Trail at the old hut clearing and hastily found ourselves at the summit. We made perfect timing, as five minutes later, the sun began to rise.
|The sun just starting to rise. The Worcester Range can be seen to the left.|
|The sun illuminating the snow.|
The softness of the sunlight swept across the snow drifts along the summit, turning the snow into a gentle orange tone. Ice caked every rock above treeline, and the wind howled all along the western side of the mountain. Even with all the beautiful sites, it was hard not to look toward the sun, as it rose slowly above the many peaks of Groton State Forest.
|The peaks of Groton State Forest perfectly framing the sun.|
|The sunlight shining along the ice-glazed rocks.|
Looking north we could see Mt.Mansfield beautifully snow-capped, along with Bolton Mountain, Spruce Peak, Madonna Peak, Mt.Sterling, and the Worcester Range, which is home to Mt.Hunger and White Rocks Mountain, also covered in snow.
|Mt.Mansfield (back) and Bolton Mountain (front).|
We stood watching the sun for several minutes. After a while, we decided to go momentarily to the southern side of the peak, where we achieved a view of Mt.Abraham, Mt.Ellen, Ethan Allen Mountain, Burnt Rock Mountain, and the distant peaks of Mt.Killington. The breeze began to pick up, making it an appropriate time to began our descent.
|Looking back from the summit to Mt.Mansfield.|
|Ethan Allen Mountain in the foreground, with Mt.Abraham and Mt.Ellen visible.|
Before entering the trees, we were able to get a few more glimpses over to Mt.Mansfield and some of the Adirondack high peaks over Lake Champlain. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge were clearly visible, with Mt.Whiteface and Esther Mountain visible to the north.
|Through the trees:Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge framing Mt.Marcy.|
|Mt.Mansfield stands majestically to the north.|
The forest was now well lit, and others started making their way up the trail in hopes of reaching the summit. There was even a back-country skier who was clearly having a good time. Overall, the descent was smooth an easy, as it should be, and we enjoyed numerous views through the trees up to Camel's Hump.
|An ordinary section of the trail.|
On the drive back, we encountered an abandoned house on Camels Hump Road. Two abandoned cars sat sadly in front of the dilapidated house. Most of the house's windows were shattered, and the doors were aged far beyond use. One section of the roof collapsed, exposing the weak skeleton of the house, and a chimney that hasn't been used for several years.
|The primary part of the house is well put together.|
|The front of the house hosts a rusted car.|
|A closer look at the mess.|
|If you happen to know what kind of cars these are, please comment below.|
Camel's Hump is a pleasure to climb any time of the year. The views were just incredible, by far one of the best sunrises I've witnessed. With all the other snow-capped peaks in the distance, the mountain gives me a true mountain experience, even without going through all the ups and downs of maneuvering over rocks and roots, Camel's Hump manages to deliver a real hiking experience in the dead of winter.