Adult Adventure: Introduction to Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiking

Date and Time

Friday, October 27, 2017 5:00PM - Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:00PM


Highland Center at Crawford Notch,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


This program is perfect for the novice backpacker looking to learn and build skills for an Appalachian Trail thru hike. You'll spend your first night at Highland Center Lodge where you'll learn what to pack, how to plan for a backpacking trip, and tips for the trail. The following day will be spent learning map & compass, camp cooking, and natural history while hiking a nearby section of the AT to get a feel for the terrain. We'll return to the Highland Center that evening for a presentation by experienced distance hikers Mike & Lori Innes, who have great photos and stories of their adventures on the AT and other long-distance hikes. We'll spend the last day on another section of the AT while building on our skills, and we'll conclude with a session on planning your own AT adventure. Rates start at $329/adult member, $363/adult nonmember. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: • Learn backpacking skills: backcountry travel, LNT, navigation, backcountry cooking, basic first aid, and more. • Travel through beautiful remote terrain along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains SAMPLE ITINERARY: Friday Check in to the lodge any time after 3pm. 5:00pmMeet & Greet 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Welcome & Orientation to AMC Saturday 8:00amEquipment for backpacking 10:00amGuided hike with full packs 11:30amCamp Kitchen (including lunch prep) on the trail 1:00pmMap & Compass 101 3:00pm Free time/Nature Walk 5:00pmSocial Hour 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Featured Evening Program: Long Distance Hiking presentation with Guest Speakers Sunday 8:00amFirst Aid for the Trail 10:0amGuided Hike practicing navigation and first aid scenarios 12pmLunch 1:00pmNext Steps! Route planning for your next adventure 2:00pmDebrief, farewells

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $329 member / $363 non-member
*Lodging on both Saturday and Sunday night at Highland, All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room, Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend

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Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Highland Center at Crawford Notch and Shapleigh Bunkhouse Address to enter into GPS: U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03595 (44.22° N, 71.41° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Exit 35 toward Rt. 3 North. 2. Take Rt. 3 North for 10 miles. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 East and continue 8.3 miles to Highland Center, located on right side of road. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North to 302/16 Junction in Glen, NH. 3. Continue onto Rt. 302 West. Follow for 15.8 miles to Highland center, located on left side of road. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West approximately 90 miles to Highland Center, located on the left side of the road. 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 to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. 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 Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. Approximate driving times and mileage to Pinkham • From Boston, 160 miles, three hours. • From Portland, 90 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 360 miles, seven hours. • From Montreal, 175 miles, three hours and a half hours.

Fall color in the White Mountains


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


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.