Lodge to Hut: Northern Presidential Range

Date and Time

Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:00PM - Sunday, July 22, 2018 4:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
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 Joe Dodge Lodge; 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 end our hike by descending the Ammonoosuc Ravine to the base of Mt. Washington. This trip involves 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! SAMPLE ITINERARY: Day One: Check in and Pre-Trip Meeting 6:00pmDinner Meet and Greet Group & Guides 7:00pm Pre hike meeting at Joe Dodge Lodge Day Two: Our Adventure Begins! 6:30am-8amBuffet breakfast 8:30amGroup Meeting & Pack up 9:00amAfter packing up, we drive to the Appalachia Trailhead (20 minutes) and hike 3.8 miles up the Airline Trail to Madison Hut gaining 3500 feet in elevation. 4:00pm Approximate Arrival at Hut, Lunch AfternoonOptional Hike: Depending on weather, trail conditions, and group abilities, an afternoon hike may be offered to the summit of Mt. Madison. EveningEvening Program with Naturalist Day Three: Across the Ridge 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. EveningEvening Program with Naturalist Day Four: The 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.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $599 member / $661 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

Related Link(s):

More Guided Lodge-to-Hut Adventures

Presidential Traverse



Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Madison Spring Hut
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.