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There’s another world above the treeline. Your reward for hiking up here: a view of eternity. And if you’re among the lucky ones, the chance to experience the exquisite spectacle of alpine flowers in bloom on Mount Washington’s eastern slope. But that’s only the beginning. Our highest and most visited destination, Lakes of the Clouds Hut is an essential bucket list destination. After a hearty meal and a bunk for the night, tackle Mount Washington or Mount Monroe, hike Tuckerman Ravine or traverse the Presidential Ridge for views of the Great Gulf Wilderness, the Wildcats and peaks beyond. Voted one of America’s Best Huts by Backpacker Magazine.


Full Service Season

June 3 – September 18, 2021


AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are “off the grid”. Lakes of the Clouds 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.

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. 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.

Self-Service Season

Lakes of the Clouds Hut is closed during the winter and spring and does not offer a self-service season.

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” 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.

Quiet Hours

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.


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

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.

Top things to do

The historic Lakes of the Clouds Hut is the jumping off point for adventurers of wide-ranging age and ability. From rare discoveries to exhilarating and challenging treks, you have much to choose from.

Catch alpine flowers in bloom

With spring comes the rare opportunity to visit the fragile alpine zone and witness exquisite flowers in bloom after a long, harsh and unpredictable winter.

Traverse the Presidential Range

Not for the faint of heart, the oldest continuously maintained hiking trail in the U.S. strings together the Northeast’s highest peaks.

Revel in a dramatic sunset

Majestic. Awe-inspiring. Once in a lifetime. All typical descriptions for Mother Nature’s nightly twilight show over this pristine wilderness.

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.


Before You Go


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 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, 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

Lakes of the Clouds Hut is closed during the winter and spring and does not offer a self-service season.

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.


Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Jackson, NH 03846

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

Directions to Lakes of the Clouds 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

Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Tuckerman Crossover to Lakes of the Clouds Hut: This classic eastern apprpoach is broken into three segments, with two moderate sections bookending a more difficult passage. The wide Tuckerman Ravine Trail leaving from Pinkham Notch Visitor Center is a moderate 2.4 mile climb to the base of the Ravine. From the base of the Ravine the trail changes dramatically to climb steeply up the Tuckerman headwall on a 1.2 mile long rock staircase gaining 1300 ft of elevation. From the top of the headwall the trail is less steep but exposed to all weather conditions as it is above treeline. The total length of the trail is 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of 3500 ft. Book time is estimated at 4 hrs, 4 min.

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut: This trail is considered moderate with a difficult section towards the top. The first part of this trail follows along a cascading brook until it reaches Gem Pool where the trail rises sharply to climb to the hut. This second section of the trail is very steep and the rocks can be slick if wet. Length of trail is 3.0 miles with elevation gain of 2600 feet. Book time is estimated at 2 hrs, 52 min.