Lakes of the Clouds Hut

  “Welcome, to the annual Tri-Wizard Tournament!”  I look up from the steaming cup of coffee I’ve been staring into to see a young woman wearing the head of a mop as though it were a wig, shouting into a whisk. She’s leaning out of the second-floor library loft that overlooks the dining room where…

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When staffers (a.k.a. croo) in AMC’s eight White Mountain huts take their well-deserved days off every summer, alumni (a.k.a. members of the Old Hutcroo Association) volunteer to fill in, flipping hundreds of pancakes, washing piles upon piles of dishes, and performing themed skits—better known as Blanket Folding Demonstrations, or BFDs—for overnight guests.  We talked with…

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In August 2010, AMC Director of Huts and Pinkham James Wrigley received a call that a young hiker was in critical condition after falling hundreds of feet down steep sloping rock. The teen had been hiking on the Huntington Ravine Trail of Mount Washington, one of the most challenging and dangerous trails in the White…

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If you’ve ever stayed at AMC’s Cardigan Lodge, nestled at the base of Mount Cardigan in Alexandria, N.H., you’ve probably met Natalie Milligan. Always enthusiastic and insightful, Milligan has served as Cardigan Lodge’s assistant manager for the last 10 years. Her day-to-day work can include anything from welcoming guests to running the retail area to…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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We arrived at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut after a long, steep climb. Warm tea and rest waited inside, but we pushed onward, to watch the sun set over the White Mountains’ 360-degree views. I marveled at the light turning the alpine leaves aglow. The day’s hike had been grueling, with rock scrambles difficult…

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The following story, “Girls on the Job,” by Barbara Hull Richardson, comes from the June 1943 issue of AMC’s journal, Appalachia (Vol. XXIV, No. 3), and is reproduced here in its entirety. Richardson, now 95, was one of AMC’s first female croo members. Read a profile of her today from the summer 2018 issue of…

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Meet the members of the 2018 AMC hut croo! These enthusiastic hosts and environmental stewards will spend the summer greeting guests at AMC’s eight White Mountain Huts. Whether you’re spending a night or just refilling your water bottle, stop in and say hello. LEARN MORE Request your own reservation for AMC’s White Mountain Huts. Meet past…

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A 100th birthday only comes around once, and when it does, a major blowout is in order. This year, 2018, marks the White Mountain National Forest centennial, and knowing a little of the forest’s history will make your celebrations all the sweeter. (Don’t worry: We’ll get to the party part in a minute!) When the…

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I worked my first season at Lakes of the Clouds Hut in 2014. Since then, I’ve been croo at Galehead and Zealand and assistant hutmaster at Mizpah Spring. As a veteran of four seasons in the huts, I know there’s nothing like the anticipation of returning to mountain living, with its challenging pack trails and…

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