Perched at treeline overlooking Eagle Lake, Greenleaf Hut’s views of nearby Mount Lafayette inspire you to explore the length of the Franconia Ridge. Summit Lafayette, and you’ll surround yourself in high mountain beauty as the Pemigewasset Wilderness, Franconia Notch and the Kinsmans beyond stretch out around you. It’s a classic White Mountain experience.
Hike a moderate 2.7 miles to reach this popular hut, and our Greenleaf croo will greet you with hot meals, information about the surrounding trails and wilderness, and plenty of great energy. Stick around and do day hikes from Greenleaf to nearby peaks, or head to neighboring huts to experience more of AMC’s hut network.
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2018 Greenleaf Hut Season
Self Service Season
May 4-May 27
May 31-October 20
For a full list of season dates and policies for all AMC Huts, view our White Mountain Huts Open/Close Calendar.
AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are “off the grid.” Greenleaf Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.
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.
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.
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. With advance notice, we can offer child-friendly meal options and accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus hot cereal, fruit and breakfast meat, like bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa 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.
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.
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.
We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.
Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.
Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.
Top things to do
Hike a moderate 2.7 miles from the trailhead to Greenleaf Hut. From there, explore the Pemigewasset Wilderness, or just get away from the world below.
Do the Franconia Loop
Travel the famed Franconia Ridge to scale majestic, 5,000+ foot peaks, nab endless views, and even spot a few waterfalls.
Perch on Sunset Rock
Climb to sublime sunset views that stretch beyond the slopes of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch. It’s the perfect way to cap off the day.
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.
What to Bring
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 our gear guides 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.
A Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets are provided; bring sheets, 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.
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 and a headlamp or flashlight
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 4:00-10:00PM and 7:00-10:00AM.
Franconia, NH 03580
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)
AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Directions to AMC White Mountain Huts
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).
Greenleaf Hut, elevation 4200′: Accessible from the northbound lane of Route 93 in Franconia Notch with parking at the Old Bridle Path trailhead. There is alternate parking at Lafayette State Park, which is accessible from the southbound lane of Route 93, and has a pedestrian tunnel under the highway to get you to the Old Bridle Path trailhead.
The Old Bridle Path is a moderate hike, 2.9 miles to the hut, takes approximately 2.5 hours, and has 2450 ft. elevation gain. The summit of Mt. Lafayette is another 1.1 miles and 1150 ft. of elevation gain from the hut. Alternate approaches include the Falling Waters Trail (difficult, approximately. 6 miles).