Lodge to Hut: Mt Washington Overnight

Date and Time

Friday, June 8, 2018 5:00PM - Sunday, June 10, 2018 4:00PM


Highland Center and Lakes of the Clouds Hut,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Join an AMC 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 to its low elevation for a summit above treeline, and it's relatively short mileage. This challenging hike may be difficult for some to accomplish in one day, so we will take advantage of Lakes of the Clouds Hut and spend the night, hiking back down the next day. With an experienced AMC Guide you'll hike at a moderate pace to Lakes of the Clouds via the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail. We'll stop at the hut for a rest and lunch. With lighter packs we'll continue up the 1.5 miles to the summit of Mount Washington. We'll explore the summit, take pictures on the "rock pile" and hike back down to the hut for the night. After a well-deserved dinner and evening program we'll take to our bunks for the night. The next day we will hike back down the Jewell Trail to a van that will transport us back to the Highland Center at Crawford Notch. This trip involves moderate hiking on steep, rocky terrain. Weather can change quickly and become quite cold and windy above treeline. Participants should be good hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing and be prepared for an alpine adventure! SAMPLE ITINERARY: Day One: Check in and Pre-Trip Meeting 5:30pmMeet and Greet Group & Guides 6:00pmDinner 7:00pm Pre hike meeting at Highland Center Day Two: Our Adventure Begins! 6:30am-8am Buffet breakfast 8:30am Group Meeting & Pack up 9:00am After packing up, we drive to the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead (20 minutes) and hike 2.5 miles up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, gaining 2500 feet in elevation. 4:00pm Approximate Arrival at Hut, Lunch Afternoon: Summit Attempt: Depending on weather, trail conditions, and group abilities, we will attempt to hike a further 1.5 miles up to the summit of Mt. Washington, and back down to the hut. Evening: Evening Program with Naturalist Day Three: Last Leg Our last day is a descent from Lakes of the Clouds Hut down either the Jewell Trail (5.2 miles) or the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (3 miles, steeper), depending on weather, trail conditions, and group abilities. Mt. Washington Summit may be attempted if weather conditions did not permit the day prior.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $329 member / $369 non-member
*Lodging, meals, gear rental, transportation, Book: Passport to AMC's High Huts and Instruction/guides.

Past participants say...

"My trip was great. Couldn't make it better! Both guides were excellent and fun. Very friendly- obvious that they love what they do!" Participant, July 2016 "I really enjoyed the descent in the windy rainy conditions. I'd normally not go day-hiking in these conditions, but this trip showed me that I could do it and still be comfortable." Participant, July 2016 "Highlights were the summit, meals, and service at the hut." Participant, July 2016

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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. Turn right 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 Crawford Notch: • 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.

Hiking to Lakes of the Clouds Hut



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AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Lakes of the Clouds Hut




Adults (18+)