Lodge-to-Hut: Zealand Valley

Date and Time

Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:00PM - Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:00PM


Highland Center at Crawford Notch, Zealand Falls Hut,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Join us for an opportunity to focus on the scenery of Zealand Valley. Our journey to Zealand Falls Hut takes us to the Pemigewasset Wilderness, through hardwood forests and beaver ponds and over ridges offering spectacular views. After an introductory meeting and comfortable night's lodging at AMC's Highland Center, we gear up for our backcountry adventure. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC's Zealand Falls Hut. We begin our hike along the abandoned logging railroad bed of Zealand Valley where 100 years ago the valley was actively logged for timber.The trail is easier with a final steep pitch at the end of the day. The next day we have options to take in the scenery of the wetlands and valley floor or a view from above on the Zeacliff Trail. SAMPLE ITINERARY Day one: Dinner and pre hike meeting at Highland Center Day two: After a hearty breakfast we begin the hike to Zealand Falls Hut. Options include: A-Z Trail: 5.5 miles total, including 2100 feet elevation gain, then 1300 feet elevation loss. 5-6 hours. Zealand Falls Trail: 2.7 miles. The trail climbs approximately 800 ft over 2.7 miles. We should arrive with time to explore Zealand Valley or relax by the falls before dinner. Day three: From the hut we will climb approximately 1000ft to Zeacliff and then continue along the Twinway Trail to Zealand Mountain to summit a 4,000ft peak. Or if the group chooses we will retrace the path of the Zealand Railroad to Thoreau Falls, a round trip of 5 miles of fairly level terrain. Day four: We hike the 2.7miles from AMC's backcountry Zealand Falls Hut to the trailhead. We will be transported by van back to the Highland Center.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $529 member / $589 non-member
*Lodging at Highland Center on Sunday-Monday nights Lodging at Zealand Falls Hut on Tuesday night Dinners on Sunday-Tuesday nights Breakfasts Monday-Wednesday Lunches Monday- Wednesday Yoga Instruction (2 sessions) Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend

Past participants say...

"Arriving at the hut and seeing the beautiful falls." Participant, September 2014

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Driving Directions

AMC encourages carpooling to its lodges and huts. You can post a rideshare request on our rideshare bulletin board. 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. Continue 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 Pinkham • 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

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Zealand Falls 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.