Lodge-to-Hut: Southern Presidential Range

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 5:00PM - Friday, August 3, 2018 4:00PM


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


Registration is required for this activity.

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


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 mountain avens, can survive and even thrive. Experiencing it in full summer 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 hike from the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead to Lakes of the Clouds Hut along the steep and challenging Ammonoosuc Ravine. 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 Passport to the High Huts. 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! Sample Itinerary The following is a general schedule - more detailed itinerary upon arrival. All programs/times are subject to change. Day one: dinner and pre hike meeting at Highland Center Day two: After a hearty breakfast we depart the Highland Center for a short drive over to the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead. We'll then hike the 2.5 steep miles to AMC's backcountry Lakes of the Clouds Hut, gaining 2200 feet of elevation. Weather permitting, we'll attempt to hike to the summit of Mt. Washington this afternoon. Day three: Our next destination is a 5.0 mile hike to Mizpah Spring Hut located on the southern end of the Presidential Range. We'll have a chance to summit several peaks along the way, weather permitting. Day four: Our last day is a descent from Mizpah Spring Hut via either the Crawford Path (just 2.7 miles downhill), or over the summit of Mt. Jackson (4.5 miles back to Highland Center with elevation gain and loss).

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $529 member / $589 non-member
*Lodging, meals, gear rental, transportation, and Instruction/guides

Past participants say...

"I loved the waterfall at the end, and lunch on the mountain with views. Guides were very patient, upbeat, and informative." Participant, July 2016 "I learned a lot about the huts and the landscape that I didn't know from going to the huts by myself. I learned so much about plants and glaciers." Participant, July 2016 "Outstanding scenery. Incredible of info from guides on plants, surroundings, and history. Amazing 'garlic bomb' snacks!" 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.

Hikers on trail



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AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Lakes of the Clouds 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.