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Alpine Garden Exploration: A Mountain in Bloom

Date and Time

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Location

Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
NH

Registration

Registration is required for this activity.




(best time to call: Monday through Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm)

Overview

Join us and discover the world of tiny delicate flowers, hardy plants, and remarkable wildlife that survive in a harsh and unpredictable climate. The Presidential Range has some of the most interesting and beautiful alpine plants in America, as well as insects, birds and other wildlife. The Alpine Garden on the shoulder of Mount Washington is considered one of the best places to view this unique ecosystem and explore the spring bloom- our destination on this one day guided tour. We will examine and identify a variety of alpine plants and discuss their adaptations that help them to defy the extreme conditions on Mount Washington. Our day will start with a drive up the historic Mount Washington Auto Road, passing through three ecological zones. We will hike from the Mount Washington Auto Road in the Alpine Garden over moderate 3-4 mile hike on steep, rocky terrain. Full package includes bunkroom lodging, meals, instruction, transportation and a copy of AMC's Field Guide to New England Alpine Summits. Higher rates apply for private rooms. Instruction only package is available. HIGHLIGHTS: •Exploring a unique ecosystem •Observing alpine plants during the short flowering season •Spending the day with a knowledgeable AMC Guide that can identify the alpine plants. • Itinerary: •Meet for a pre-trip orientation on Sunday morning at 9 am •After an itinerary overview, gear review we will travel up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the 7 mile mark and hike down into the Alpine Garden. •The day is spent almost exclusively above treeline observing the plants and animals on the eastern side of Mount Washington. Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, these itineraries are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.   This trip is operated rain or shine however is subject to the Mount Washington Auto Road conditions.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost*

Starting at:

Adult: $259 member / $274 non-member
*Rates include lodging, meals, a copy of AMC Field Guide to New England Alpine Summits, and guided activities. "Starting at" rates are based on shared bunkroom or bunkhouse accommodations; there may be an extra charge for private accommodations.

Related Link(s):

A Video Tour of the Alpine Garden with Naturalist Allison Bell

Driving Directions


Driving Directions to Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center Address to enter into GPS: Rt. 16, Gorham, NH 03581 (44.256° N, 71.252° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Rt. 104 East (NH Exit 23). 2. Take Rt. 104 East for 8.3 miles. 3. Turn left on Rt. 3 North for 0.9 miles. 4. Turn right onto Rt. 25 East for 22.6 miles to Rt. 16 North. 5. Turn left onto Rt. 16 North to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left side of Rt. 16 approximately 12 miles north of the Glen intersection. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North approximately 90 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West to Rt. 16 North (at North Conway, N.H.). 2. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, on left. From Montreal: 1. Take AutoRt. 10 East to AutoRt. 55 South (north of Magog). 2. Take AutoRt. 55 South to I-91 South (at US/Canada line). 3. Take I-91 South to I-93 South (VT Exit 19). 4. Take I-93 South for 22.2 miles to Rt. 302 East (NH Exit 40). 5. Take Rt. 302 East for 40.1 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 16 North (in Glen, NH). 6. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left. From New York City (and Hartford, CT, or western MA): 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to Rt. 302 East (VT Exit 17). 3. Take Rt. 302 East to Rt. 16 North (in Glen, N.H.). 4. Take Rt. 16 North 20 miles to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge, located on the left. Approximate driving times and mileage to Pinkham: • From Boston, 170 miles, three and a half hours. • From Portland, 80 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 350 miles, eight hours. • From Montreal, 225 miles, three hours and forty-five minutes.

Alpine Azalea blooms on Mount Monroe in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest

Activities

Hiking
Instruction (Skills)
Naturalist

Offered By

AMC Staff

Status

Open

Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge

Difficulty

Moderate

Audience

Adults (18+)


Contact




AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories