Classic Lodge-to-Hut Trips

Our classic Lodge-to-Hut Trips offer a taste of backcountry adventure with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the flora and fauna of the White Mountains.

Led by experienced and knowledgeable AMC guides, each program offers opportunities to hike, snowshoe, and ski with other active outdoorspeople, and explore the natural and cultural history of the region and AMC’s Hut network.

Upcoming Programs

06
Jun
Lodge to Hut Northern Presidential Range
Thu, Jun 6 – Sun, Jun 9
AMC Highland Center, NH
Join us on this hut-to-hut adventure as we explore the Northern Presidential Range during the spring bloom. A spectacular 3-day trek that traverses the highest mountain range in New England. Beginning…
07
Jun
Lodge to Hut Mt Washington Hike and Overnight at Lakes of the Clouds
Fri, Jun 7 – Sun, Jun 9
AMC Highland Center, NH
Join an AMC Outdoor Guide on an attempt to summit New England's highest peak, Mount Washington. At 6,288' the “rock pile” should be on everyone's bucket list. Often underestimated due…
13
Jun
Lodge to Hut Alpine Flowers of the Presidential Range
Thu, Jun 13 – Sun, Jun 16
AMC Joe Dodge Lodge, NH
The alpine tundra is a rare habitat in New England, and the shoulder of Mt Washington and the Presidential Ridge offer the conditions where alpine plants, such as diapensia, and alpine azalea, can…
15
Jul
Lodge to Hut Mount Washington Hike and Overnight at Lakes of the Clouds
Mon, Jul 15 – Wed, Jul 17
AMC Highland Center, NH
Join an AMC Outdoor Guide on an attempt to summit New England's highest peak, Mount Washington. At 6,288' the “rock pile” should be on everyone's bucket list. Often underestimated due…

About Lodge-to-Hut adventures

Program Overview

Our program will begin in one of our frontcountry lodges, where you will review trip plans and the gear checklist.

Last-minute items are available at our retail store. If you are beginning at the Highland Center, you can also borrow outerwear and equipment from our L.L. Bean Gear Room. If beginning at Joe Dodge Lodge you can borrow equipment from the Demo Center. You will head out on your hut adventure the next day.

Accommodations

Lodges

AMC Lodges offer shared bunkrooms with shared baths with hot showers. Linens and towels are provided. Meals are served family style. A living room and library are available at our lodges for socializing, reading, or relaxing. Both lodges have retail areas offering maps, guidebooks, snacks, souvenir items, and ten essentials.

Huts

AMC Huts are “off the grid” locations situated above or near treeline, or at lower elevations near a lake or waterfall. Each offers coed bunkrooms, and separate bathrooms with cold running water. A pillow and blankets are provided; guests bring their own sheets or sleeping bag. Dinner and breakfast are served family style; guests should bring their own lunch.

Level of Difficulty

Many of these adventures traverse a full range of mountain environments from the tundra, and boreal forest at elevation and finally the northern hardwood forest in the valley. Changeable weather is the name of the game in the White Mountains. Participants need to be prepared for all possibilities including sun, rain, cold and wind. Participants should be in good hiking or skiing shape and able to hike/ski up to six hours in a day, have proper hiking/ski boots and clothing and be prepared for alpine conditions and weather.

Review the detailed description of each individual adventure, including itinerary, mileage, and elevation gain.

If you have any questions about which program is right for your interests and abilities, please call us and we’ll connect you to program staff. A complete safety and equipment list will be provided at registration time.

Meals

A breakfast buffet, trail lunch, and family-style dinner, including home-baked bread, soup, salad, entree, and dessert are included with your guided program package. Please notify us during registration of any special dietary requirements. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets, and most food allergies, with advance notice.

Sample Program Schedule

The following is a general schedule of what you can expect on a 4-day Lodge-to-Hut Adventure. You’ll receive a complete schedule upon arrival. This schedule is subject to vary given the time of year and theme of the program. All hikes are rain or shine.

Day One

6:00 PM Sit-down dinner in the lodge.
7:30 PM Course begins at the lodge. We will begin with an overview of alpine exploration with a review of participant gear and the itinerary. The instructor may offer an optional evening presentation of the natural features you may see during your trip.

Day Two

6:30 AM Buffet Breakfast at lodge
8:30 AM Take van to trailhead. Hike to first hut
6:00 PM Family-style dinner at hut

Day Three

7:00 AM Family-style breakfast at hut
8:30 AM Depart for hike to next hut
6:00 PM Dinner at hut

Day Four

7:00 AM Family-style breakfast at hut
8:30 AM Depart for trailhead and AMC van
2:00 PM Approximate return time to lodge

Testimonials

“It was fabulous, Guides were extraordinary. They are upbeat, fun, knowledgeable, experienced and excellent communicators.”

Leocadia, Lodge-to-Hut participant 2013

“The hike was well-chosen to feature not just interesting alpine wildflowers but lichen, birds, and animals. I expected knowledgeable guides and AMC guides were exactly that. They also had excellent “people skills” and interacted well with each other and all the group members. They were pleasant to travel with, and they easily accommodated the different hiking abilities of the group members.”

Deborah Spears, Lodge-to-Hut participant (2012)

“All of the instructors were fantastic with people – really and truly fantastic. Made everyone feel welcome and at ease. Bravo to all. They were experts in leading outdoor trips. Leaders’ knowledge of birds and other aspects of the environment were shared with a lovely sense of awe and wonder.”

Lodge-to-Hut participant (2012)

Our Staff

AMC Guided Programs are led by experienced AMC guides. Our guides come from various backgrounds, including outdoor education and environmental studies. All AMC guides go through rigorous AMC leadership training, and all have a minimum of Wilderness First Aid training.