Lodge to Hut: Winter in Carter Notch

Date and Time

Friday, January 11, 2019 6:00PM - Sunday, January 13, 2019 2:00PM


AMC Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


This adventure is designed for active adults in search of a fun winter experience. Our trip begins with an orientation session and overnight at AMC's full service Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch before we strap on our snowshoes and trek to AMC's backcountry hut in Carter Notch. Exploring the forest, listening for wintertime birds and investigating animal tracks along the way give us ample opportunity to experience Carter Notch area in winter. One night is spent at the hut preparing a group dinner, checking out the winter sky at night and learning about winter ecology in the White Mountains. The terrain is a moderate 3.8 miles climb to the hut and the pace will be comfortable with plenty of time to explore and learn. Winter Lodge to Hut trips are designed for the experienced 3 season hiker looking to venture into world of winter. Participants must be comfortable carrying a pack over moderate terrain with some steep terraine. Our planned mode of travel is on snowshoes (they can be borrowed from AMC if needed), but please keep in mind that conditions can be variable. Participants must be willing/able to carry their extra clothing, sleeping bag and some group food for 3.8 miles to Carter Notch Hut. Hut accommodations are rustic with wood stove heat for the common space and cooking facilities. Bunk rooms are not heated. Program Highlights: Group of active adults Focus on beginner winter skills Group experience Night sky observations Natural history explorations including animal tracks and snow Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedules listed, these itineraries are subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions. This can include changes in the huts to be used, trails to be hiked, etc. Sample Itinerary: Day One 3:00pm Check in any time after 3 pm 6:00pm Dinner at Joe Dodge Lodge 7:30pm Group Meeting - Gear check Day Two 6:30-8:00 Breakfast 8:30 Leave for the trailhead Midday - Arrive at Hut Afternoon - Optional snowshoe hike around the Hut 6:00pm - Dinner Day Three 7:30 Breakfast 8:30 - Pack up and depart from Carter 1:00pm - Return to Joe Dodge for hot showers 2:00pm -Wrap up and goodbyes

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $329 member / $349 non-member
*•Lodging package special includes 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 night lodging at Joe Dodge, 1 night lodging at Carter Notch Hut •Use of snowshoes • Instruction by experienced AMC Guides •Free use of demo gear from the Lodge.

Past participants say...

Especially good for people interested in backpacking but intimidated. [Our guide was] super proactive in preparation, problem solving, and considering implications of multiple options." Participant, February 2016 •"Loved the hiking and the camaraderie from the group. Great way to try out a new adventure because it's all planned for oyu and you feel safe with the guides." Participant, February 2016



Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Carter Notch Hut
Joe Dodge Lodge




Adults (18+)


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


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.