Carter Notch Hut

 

It’s our best kept secret. Carter Notch Hut surprises most with its intimate and unimaginably beautiful setting. Hike 3.8 miles to reach this hut and encounter a world of rock jumbles, towering cliffs, and tranquil mountain lakes. This eastern anchor of AMC’s hut system was built in 1914, and after 100 years, continues to lure those in search of quieter trails and unforgettable summits.

With its two detached bunkhouses and stone hut, Carter Notch Hut is open year-round. During the full-service summer and fall season, fuel up with delicious, homemade breakfasts and dinners for the day’s exploration of the Carter and Wildcat ranges. Or snowshoe up during self-service season and marvel at winter’s beauty in this corner of the Whites.

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Top Things to Do

Built in 1914, Carter Notch Hut attracts those looking for adventures big and small. From swims in the nearby lakes and rock scramble explorations to steep and awe-inspiring climbs and bucolic snowshoe treks-Carter Notch Hut has something for everyone, in every season.

Scramble around

Explore the Ramparts, the jumble of refrigerator-sized rocks that fill the notch and showcase the raw, awesome power of nature.

Ascend Carter Dome

This climb is worth the effort for expansive views from Carter Notch to the northern Presidentials and beyond. Catch your breath at Pulpit Rock.

Wind through the wilderness

Immerse yourself in the seemingly endless Wild River Wilderness and its trails to far-flung peaks, rich forests, and running waters.

Learn from a naturalist

Our hut naturalists love to share their knowledge about local wildflowers, geology, and hut history during talks before and after dinner. Kids can earn their Junior Naturalist patch!

Try a guided program

We offer a range of guided outdoor skills and adventure programs year-round, including our popular Adult Adventures, Lodge-to-Hut trips, and Family Adventure Camps. View upcoming schedule.

Build your own adventure

Our guides offer custom outdoor trips on your schedule, based on your group's interests and experience level. We offer everything from 1-2 hour, day-long, and overnight programs. Learn more.

2016 Carter Notch Hut Season

Self-Service Season

January 1-May 29
September 21-December 31

Full-Service Season

June 2-September 17

For a full list of season dates and policies for all AMC Huts, view our White Mountain Huts Open/Close Calendar.

Accommodations

Rooms

AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are "off the grid". Carter Notch Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.

Full-Service Season

Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.

Self-Service Season

In winter, each guest is provided with a pillow. Blankets are not provided during self-service season. Rooms stay cold, so please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight. A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.

Meal Service

Full-Service Season

Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay.

Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. Child-friendly meal options available at all huts — just talk to our staff at check-in. With advance notice, we can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.

Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes either eggs or pancakes, plus hot cereal, fruit, and breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.

Lunch: bring your own; otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.

Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary needs. Please Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.

Self-Service Season

Guests pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware and serviceware. Please plan to Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.

A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.

Other Features

AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship.

Our Hut Naturalist offers daily programs about the local flora and fauna before and after dinner in full-service season. Kids can complete an activity booklet to earn their Junior Naturalist patch.

AMC offers a Hiker Shuttle to major hut trailheads from Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge (summer and fall).

The friendly AMC hut "croo" or caretaker are available to assist you with trip planning, trail information, and weather reports.

Pets

We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.

Smoking

Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.

 ACCOLADES

National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler

Peak Experience: New Hampshire's White Mountains. Read the story.

NH Grand Adventure

2015 Grand Adventure

AMC's Huts receive 2015 Grand Adventure award from NHgrand.com.

NPR Here and Now

National Public Radio

Huts 125th Anniversary celebrated on NPR's " Here and Now."

New York Times Classic Huts Traverse

New York Times

Classic Huts Traverse featured in New York Times.


Before You Go

What to Bring

Clothing

The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Northeast's mountains. Even if it feels like summer in the valleys, it can be cold and winter-like on the high peaks. Use the gear guides below to make sure you're packing everything you need for comfort and safety. Be prepared for severe weather regardless of season, dress in layers (including synthetic or wool base and insulating layers, and a windproof/waterproof outer shell), eat high energy foods, and stay hydrated.

Personal Items

Full-Service Season

A Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets are provided; bring sheets, a sleep sack or lightweight sleeping bag.

Enclosed gender-specific washrooms have cold running water, so you may want to bring a small towel or washcloth.

Dinner and breakfast are included in your hut rate, but please bring your own lunch and snacks. Some snack items, soup, or baked goods are available for purchase at the hut from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Lighting is limited to common areas only. Bring a headlamp for the bunkrooms at night.

Self-Service Season

A Bunk with pillow is provided, but blankets are not available during self-service season and the bunkhouse is unheated. Bring an appropriately rated sleeping bag.

Guests must pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware, and serviceware. Please pack out all trash, recyclables, and food waste.

Caretaker available 4:00-10:00 PM and 7:00-10:00 AM; caretaker may light fire in wood stove on winter evenings.

CONTACT US

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Carter Notch Hut

Gorham, NH 03581
amclodging@outdoors.org

Emergency Contact

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)

Reservation Changes  

AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

 Hiker Shuttle and Public Transportation

AMC's Hiker Shuttle connects the Highland Center, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and the towns of Lincoln and Gorham with major trails to the huts, allowing hikers to start and end their trip at different points. The stop in the town of Lincoln is coordinated with Concord Coach bus service. The AMC Hiker Shuttle runs daily for most of the full-service hut season, from early June to mid-September. The shuttle operates weekends-only from mid-September to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended. View a complete schedule.

Directions to Carter Notch Hut

Public Transportation

AMC's Hiker Shuttle offers transportation from Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and the Highland Center to all major approach routes to the huts in Summer and Fall. The Hiker Shuttle also picks up and drops off at the Irving gas station on Main Street in Gorham, NH. Reservations are required (call 603-466-2727).

Trail Access

Carter Notch Hut, elevation 3288': The 19 Mile Brook trailhead parking is located on the north side of NH Route 16, approximately 1 mile north of the Mount Washington Auto Road. The 19 Mile Brook Trail is a moderate 3.8 mile hike, takes approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes and gains 1900 ft. in elevation.