Lodge to Hut: Franconia Ridge

Date and Time

Monday, August 6, 2018 5:00PM - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 4:00PM


Highland Center, Greenleaf Hut,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Highlighted by tremendous views and full array of mountain habitats, this adventure takes us across iconic Franconia Ridge, where we'll find rare alpine plants and stunning views. We begin at AMC's Highland Center for an initial meeting and a comfortable night's lodging before we set out on the trail. Transported by van to the trailhead, we begin our trek to Greenleaf Hut via the Falling Waters Trail. We'll hike along a beautiful mountain stream up steep terrain, coming out on the summit of Little Haystack. From here, we'll make our way across the exposed alpine ridge, over the summits of Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette, and finally to Greenleaf Hut, on the shoulder of Mt. Lafayette. Our final day is a downhill trek along the Old Bridle Path, with great views of the ridge we came across, back to the trailhead to be met by the van and transported back to the Highland Center. This trip involves challenging hiking on steep, rocky terrain. Weather can change quickly. Participants should be in good hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing, and be prepared for a mountain adventure! PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: •Hiking in strikingly beautiful terrain of Franconia Notch, including iconic Franconia Ridge •Hike over summits of Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, and Lafayette. •Hike the Franconia Ridge and stay at Greenleaf hut. SAMPLE ITINERARY: Day One:Checkin and Pretrip Meeting 5:30pmMeet and Greet Group & Guides 6:00pmDinner 7:00pm Trip overview: gear check, weather check, safety briefing. Day Two: Our Adventure Begins! 6:30-8:00amBreakfast 8:00am Meet your guides for a morning checkin and then head out for a 25 minute drive over to the Falling Waters/Old Bridle Path Trailhead. 8:30am Begin hike up Falling Waters Trail. 6.0 miles to Greenleaf Hut, 3500 feet elevation gain. 3:00pm Approximate Arrival at Greenleaf Hut 6:00pm Family style dinner at Greenleaf Hut PM Hut Naturalist Program Day Three: Adventure Concludes! 7:000amBreakfast at Greenleaf Hut 8:00am Hike Down Old Bridle Path 11:00am Approximate arrival at trailhead 12:00pmApproximate return to Highland, Debrief, Showers, farewells! Total Loop Distance: 9.0 miles Total Loop Elevation Gain: 3500 feet

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $339 member / $377 non-member
*Lodging, meals, gear rental, transportation, and Instruction/guide

Past participants say...

"The highlight of this program was reaching the top of Lafayette. The surroundings are beautiful, you meet interesting people, and the guides are excellent." Participant, August 2014 "It was an amazing time, one of the highlights of my summer. I will be doing another trip in the future." Participant, August 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.




Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Greenleaf Hut
Highland Center at Crawford Notch




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.