Lodge to Hut: Presidential Traverse

Date and Time

Monday, July 9, 2018 5:00PM - Friday, July 13, 2018 4:00PM


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


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Join us on this hut-to-hut adventure as we explore the adaptations of plants and animals living in such a challenging yet stunning environment. Beginning with dinner and a comfortable night's lodging at AMC's Highland Center; we gear up for our backcountry adventure. We embark on our hike up the Airline Trail to Madison Spring Hut. The next day we traverse the rocky northern Presidential Range to Lakes of the Clouds Hut giving us ample opportunity to explore the ridge in full summer glory. From Lakes of the Clouds Hut, we continue along the southern Presidential Range to Mizpah Spring Hut. We end our hike by descending the historic Crawford Path to the Highland Center, where hot showers and clean clothes await. This trip involves moderate-to-challenging terrain including steep rocky ascents, uneven footing and exposed terrain above treeline. Weather can change quickly and become quite cold and windy. Participants should be in excellent hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing and be prepared for a summer alpine adventure! PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: • Hiking in world renowned terrain, including summit attempts of Mt. Washington and other presidential peaks. SAMPLE ITINERARY: Day one: dinner and pre hike meeting at Highland Center Day two: After a hearty breakfast we drive to the Appalachia Trailhead and hike 3.8 miles up the Airline Trail to Madison Hut gaining 3500 feet in elevation. Day three: We continue from Madison Hut across the ridge to Lakes of the Clouds Hut. This is the toughest day of our traverse with 7.2 miles over rough rocky terrain. Day four: Our next destination is a 5.0 mile hike from Lakes of the Clouds Hut located on the shoulder of Mt Washington at 5200 feet to Mizpah Hut. Elevation loss over 5 miles is 2000 feet. Day five: hike the 2.7 miles from AMC's Mizpah Hut losing 1700 feet of elevation to the trailhead at the Highland Center for clean clothes and hot showers. *If time, weather and energy allow, there will be options to summit the higher peaks.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $789 member / $869 non-member
*Lodging, meals, gear rental, transportation, Book, and Instruction/guides

Past participants say...

"It was a wonderful feeling to experience the challenge and to have such knowledgeable, friendly, interesting guides." Participant, July 2014 "The guides were all great. They entertained us, adjusted the tempo to the group, and gave us options when there were alternatives." Participant, July 2014

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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.

Presidential Traverse



Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Madison Spring Hut
Mizpah Spring Hut




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.