Hermit Lake Shelters

The AMC maintains and operates this US Forest Service facility under a special use permit. Located 2.4 miles up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, camping at the shelters provides convenient access to Tuckerman Ravine and the summit of Mt. Washington as well as many other trails. This area is the only legal campsite on the eastern slopes of Mt. Washington.

Contact Info:

White Mountains, New Hampshire

Charging station at the trailhead
Shuttle stop at the trailhead

Hermit Lake Shelters

Season Dates:

Open year-round.

Hermit Lake Shelters include 5 three-sided shelters, 3 four-sided shelters, and 3 tent platforms for a total accommodation of 86 people. A caretaker is on duty at the cabin year-round mornings and evenings. Weather forecast, seasonal avalanche report, and hiker register are available in the caretaker cabin lobby. Emergency supplies and 10 Essentials are available for sale at the cabin when staffed.

In summer potable water is available from a hand-pump located on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Flush toilets are open all summer. In the winter potable water is generally available by hand-pump. Water from the Cutler River should be chemically treated, filtered, or boiled before use. Outhouses are available in winter, spring, and fall.

Prepare and cook meals at your shelter or tent site using backpacking stoves. Dry wells are located at each site and are only for washing dishes.

All commercial group trips heading into the White Mountain National Forest need to apply for an Outfitter Guide Permit from the US Forest Service. Please contact the WMNF Permit Administrator at (603) 536-6136 or email SM.FS.SpecialUses@usda.gov. Maximum group size is 10 people traveling and camping together.

Cancellation Policies

Learn more about AMC’s cancellation policies for lodging and programs.

Plan your stay

If you would like to stay at the Hermit Lake Shelters located on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, please visit the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to make a reservation upon your arrival or call 603-466-8116.

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