Lodge to Hut: Alpine Flowers of the Presidential Range

Date and Time

Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:00PM - Sunday, June 17, 2018 2:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge, Lake of the Clouds, Mizpah Spring,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


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 survive and even thrive. Experiencing it in Spring bloom is a special treat. Join us on this hut-to-hut natural history adventure, as we explore the adaptations of plants and animals to live in such a challenging yet stunning environment. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC's Lakes of the Clouds and Mizpah Spring Huts. We'll drive up the famed Mount Washington Auto road and hike across the Alpine Garden and the onto Lakes of the Clouds Hut. The next day, we traverse the southern Presidential Range to Mizpah Spring Hut, giving us ample opportunity to explore the ridge and listen for white throated sparrows along the way. We will examine and discuss alpine adaptations and compare alpine plant communities. Program includes copy of AMC's Field Guide to New England Alpine Summits. This trip involves moderate/difficult hiking on steep, rocky terrain. Weather can change quickly and become quite cold and windy above treeline. Participants should be in good hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing, and be prepared for a summer alpine adventure! ITINERARY: Day 1 : Meet for dinner and pre-trip orientation in the beautiful White Mountains. We meet at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. Please arrive anytime between 3pm and 5pm to check in and get comfortable. For those who would like to get out before dinner, lodge staff can recommend short hikes in the area. Meet your Guides in the dining room for a 6 pm dinner, and review of the trip itinerary, gear needs and other important information. We'll overnight in the lodge. Dinner included. Day 2: We'll drive up the infamous Mount Washington Auto Road to the Alpine Garden Trail. The Eastern shoulder of Mountain Washington is host to amazing and unique alpine plant communities. We'll spend the day observing and identifying the plants that call this area home and hike to Lakes of the Clouds hut, 3.0 miles with 800 ft. elevation gain. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the hut Day three: We'll wake up and have a hearty, home cooked breakfast. This day is almost exclusively above tree line and travels along the oldest maintained hiking trail in the United States, the Crawford Path. Weather permitting, we'll hike over Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, and last but not least, Mt. Pierce (with an alternate route around the summits in inclement weather). We'll enjoy the abundance of rare alpine plants and flowers as the Crawford Path follows the ridgeline

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $499 member / $559 non-member
*Rates include lodging, meals, copy of AMC's Field Guide to New England 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
More Guided Lodge-to-Hut Adventures

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



Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Mizpah Spring Hut
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge




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.