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.
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2018 Lakes of the Clouds Hut Season
May 31-September 15
For a full list of season dates and policies for all AMC Huts, view our White Mountain Huts Open/Close Calendar.
RoomsAMC 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 SeasonEach 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 SeasonIn 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.
Full-Service SeasonDinner 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 SeasonLakes of the Clouds Hut is closed during the winter and spring and does not offer a self-service season.
Other FeaturesAMC 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.
PetsWe are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.
Quiet HoursPlease be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.
AlcoholAlcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.
SmokingSmoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Lakes of the Clouds Hut
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).
Lakes of the Clouds Hut, elevation 5012′: The classic eastern approach is via the Tuckerman Ravine trailhead and leaves from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. PNVC is located on NH Route 16 9 miles north of Jackson, NH and 11 miles south of Gorham, NH. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail/Tuckerman Crossover is a difficult 4.6 mile hike to the hut. This route takes approximately 4 hours with an elevation gain of 2983 ft.
Alternate western approach via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail leaves from the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead (USFS parking pass required) located on the Base Road to the Marshfield Base Station/Cog Railway. This is a difficult 3.1 mile hike directly to the hut, takes approximately 3 hours with an elevation gain of 2500 ft.