Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail
Picture of Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail

Destination: White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire

Traversing some of the tallest peaks in the region, this section of the Appalachian Trail is widely regarded as one of its most magnificent and challenging sections. But it's not only the beauty that makes it unique. Spaced a day apart are a series of huts that offer hot and hearty meals and a warm bed at the end of the day. If you want to spend time hiking the AT, without having to carry a full backpack, come join us as we hike hut to hut! Maximum group size: 10

Highlights

  • Traversing the windswept ridges & craggy peaks of the White Mountains
  • Hiking Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Whites
  • Experiencing "hut culture" and meeting "the croo"
  • Relaxing with hot meals and soft beds in the high mountains

Inclusions

  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • Six nights lodging, including two nights at the Highland Center and four in huts
  • Meals from dinner Sunday through the following Saturday's breakfast, except for all lunches
  • Permits
  • Transportation from and to the Manchester, NH airport
What's not included: Travel to and from Manchester NH, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, lunches, and travel insurance.

Departures

Accommodations

NOTE: There is limited availability on single supplements and we cannot confirm availability at time of booking.

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This trip is designed for women in excellent physical condition who have previous hiking experience. You should be prepared to hike uphill for a few hours at a time, on a trail that is rocky and uneven and has few if any switchbacks. Your pack will contain your clothing and lunches for the days you are at the huts and water for a day. Some of the path is rocky and exposed at times and women with a significant fear of heights and balance issues may find it difficult. This trip is rated 5 and requires a high degree of fitness. Adding some specific conditioning such as strength training, endurance training, and longer aerobic workouts is suggested. Rating: 1 2 3 4 [5].

This trip is designed for women in very good physical condition who have previous hiking experience, who enjoy both spectacular and at times strenuous mountain hiking and enjoy staying in rustic huts. While extensive hiking experience is not essential, you should be prepared to hike uphill for two hours at a time, on a trail that is usually rocky and uneven and has few if any switchbacks, with a pack containing your clothing and water. Some of the path is exposed and women with a significant fear of heights may find it difficult.

Two nights at the Highland Center Lodge and four nights in rustic mountain hikes. In the huts and lodges we'll be staying in bunk-beds in dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms down the hall. The huts will provide wool blankets and a pillow. People have found a sleep sack, sleeping bag liner or camping sheet has added to their comfort. We will try to have rooms within the hut for our group when possible but there may be times we need to share our room with others not in our group

Day 1 - Highland Center Lodge
Day 2 - Mizpah Spring Hut
Day 3, 4- Lake of the Clouds Hut
Day 5 - Madison Spring Hut
Day 6 - Highland Center Lodge

Breakfast and dinners are prepared by the 'croo' at the huts. They can accommodate most dietary preferences and restrictions but, depending on your specific circumstances, we may ask you to bring supplemental food. Please call the office if you have any questions whether your specific dietary/allergy needs can be accommodated and to help with your planning.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
The trip begins at 4 pm at the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch. If you're flying we'll meet you at the Manchester, NH airport at 2 pm. This center, the newest one built and run by the Appalachian Mountain Club, is a great place to start the trip with its showcasing of green construction techniques and energy efficiency. We will start getting to know each other that night at the four-course dinner they serve and review safety considerations before going to bed early. Overnight Highland Center. (D)
DAY 2
After arranging a car shuttle, we have time to visit the Crawford Notch Depot Visitor Center before starting our hike. Built in 1891, the depot offers visitors informative displays on the surrounding natural environment and provides a good introduction to the area. Our destination tonight is Mizpah Springs Hut. We will take the Appalachian Trail (AT) up on the Crawford Path; this trail takes about 3 hours and gains 2,000 feet. Our hike will be rewarded with great views, not to mention a hot and hearty meal, from the hut. Overnight Mizpah Springs Hut (B, D)
DAY 3
We continue north on the AT via the Crawford Path today, which takes us up and over Mt. Pierce, with the option to include Mt. Eisenhower, before reaching Lake of the Clouds Hut. Mt Monroe is next to the hut and once we settle in and re-energize, we head out to hike its loop trail. Although our net elevation gain is only 1,200 feet, our actual elevation gain is considerably more and will take us between 3 and 5 hours. There are two small lakes at the hut and after our hike we'll want to cool at least our feet, and perhaps all of us! The Lake in the Clouds Hut is the first, largest, and most popular of all the huts in the system and undoubtedly has some of the most spectacular views. Overnight Lake in the Clouds Hut (B, D)
DAY 4
Today is a layover day, meaning we don't have to pack up. We will continue on the AT via the Crawford Path to the top of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States at 6,288 feet. It is always a bit unsettling to get to the top of Mt. Washington and see people in heels that have driven up or taken the cog railway. Mt Washington is famous (or infamous) for its highly erratic weather, especially its fierce winds. There is a museum on top that is worth seeing and on our way back we will take the Alpine Garden Trail, which is one of the most picturesque ridge hikes in the White Mountains. Overnight Lake in the Clouds Hut (B, D)
DAY 5
This is the hike that makes this trip rated a 5. Although not a long hike, about 7.5 miles, the trail requires constant attention because of its' rockiness and that combined with the elevation gain/loss makes this our longest and most demanding day. We will continue on the AT as we traverse around Mt. Washington and pick up the extremely rocky Gulfside Trail to Madison Hut. One fun aspect of this trail is the option of taking loop trails over the summits of Mt. Clay, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. Adams. If we do all the peaks (which will depend on both the weather and how fast we are going) our total elevation gain is over 4,000 feet and will take all day. Overnight Madison Spring Hut (B, D)
DAY 6
On our final hiking day we bid goodbye to the ridges and the AT as we descend 3,500 feet on our hike down off the mountains. There we'll reclaim the van and then head back to the Highland Center for hot showers and a delicious meal. We'll share a final farewell dinner that night, celebrating our achievements, and bidding goodbye to the mountains and each other. Overnight Highland Center (B, D)
DAY 7
If you're driving, you can plan to leave anytime after breakfast. If you're flying, you can plan to fly out anytime after 1 p.m. (B)

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on our trips. We take reviews very seriously and are constantly tweaking itineraries. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

This trip was everything I expected and more. I wanted to be challenged and the worst weather ever made it possible! Navigating the terrain in fair weather was not a problem, but in bad conditions, it was pretty taxing on the body. I had way more fun than I expected and being the high peaks (when we could see them) was truly fantastic to experience. I had never been to the White Mountains and was so impressed by their beauty.

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail 7/22/2018-7/28/2018


The group of participants were really great. The itinerary captured the essence of the trip.

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Staying at the Huts and meeting wonderful women.

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail 7/22/2018-7/28/2018


It was awful weather so while we did the hike we failed to summit/saw little/got soaked. Haha I learned how to improve my equipment situation! Also EXCELLENT guides. And a good upbeat group though again, AGC, I dont think you are parsing people who say they can do a 5 with the fitness requirements. This was really slow for me and its super frustrating. Im not sure where I stand on future trips bc of it - maybe will do the ViaDinarcia (sp) if a friend who is my level also signs up but Im tried of standing in the rain/at the top of Katahdin freezing like in Slack Packing Maine last summer waiting on the woman who thinks she is a hiker but hasnt done the requisite strength training that women > 50 must do. Can you spell it our better? I understand AGC is about women meeting their goals/that we are a group and support eachother etc but what about me? What about the person who did the fitness work/ who complied with the standards for a 5?

Hut to Hut on the Appalachian Trail 7/22/2018-7/28/2018


  1. Where do we eat?
    Dinners and breakfast will be at the huts or the Highland Center. These meals are served family style and typically alot of fun as well as delicious. You provide your own lunch and will be carrrying it with you. Suggestions on what to pack will be provided in the pre-departure document.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?
    The huts can accommodate vegetarian and vegans on this trip. The ability to accommodate more restrictive diets is difficult at the huts because of their remote nature so please call the office before you register. If you're vegan, you will want to bring some additional protein bars.
  3. I'll be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?
    Singles are not available on this trip as we will be sleeping in bunk rooms. On our other trips you only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we'll pair you up with someone and then switch roommates everytime we switch lodging.
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