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Extended Backpack Expedition: 48 4000-Footers (30 day) - Ages 15 - 18

Date and Time

Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:00AM - Sunday, July 26, 2020 3:00PM


AMC Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, North Country,


Registration is required for this activity.


This rewarding trip is an ultimate adventure. With the goal of summiting each of New Hampshire's 4,000 foot peaks, the teens on this trip will explore every corner of the White Mountain National Forest in the 30 days they are out and thus get to experience the full power of this spectacular landscape. Combining both backpacking trips and day-hikes from roadside facilities, teens can expect to spend long days hiking and backpacking with full backpacks to reach White Mountain summits. Most nights will be spent at remote tent-sites, away from roads and other modern amenities and the roadside sites for resupply and some rest. Day 1: After arriving at Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center, the group will get to know each other, playing games, packing gear, and preparing for the trip with the instructors, before eventually settling down for lunch at the Pinkham Notch Trading Post. The group will set off after lunch, catching a shuttle to Zealand Road, where they will find the trailhead that will lead them to their first tent-site. Day 2-8: The group will spend the first week backpacking through the Pemigewasset Wilderness and surrounding mountains before hiking out at Lincoln Woods for a resupply and shuttle to a nearby roadside campground. Day 9-15: Base camping in a campground near Lincoln, New Hampshire, the group will start their second week with a rest day then spend the rest of the week doing day hikes to nearby 4,000 foot peaks around Franconia Notch and Waterville Valley. Day 16: Rest/recovery day at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. Day 17-21: The group will set off from the Highland Center up the Crawford path into the Presidential Range for 5 days traversing the vast alpine ridge! Two nights will be spent at the historic Lakes of the Clouds Hut as the group moves north to end this section at the Appalachia trailhead in Randolph, New Hampshire. Day 22-24: After a rest/recovery day in Gorham, New Hampshire, the group will spend two days hiking the northern-most 4,000 footers. Day 25-27: Starting from Pinkham Notch, the group will spend three days traversing the Wildcats and Carter/Moriah Range. Day 28-29: The last few days will be spent near Conway, New Hampshire along the Kancamagus Highway with the goal of finishing the last of the 4,000 footers! Day 30: A well-bonded group will enjoy a celebratory brunch along with some closing activities and reflections before returning to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for clean-up, good-byes, and departure at 3PM.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Youth: $6,000 member / $6,666 non-member
*Instruction, all meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last, camping fees, group camping and cooking gear, during trip transportation, and the ability to borrow some personal gear as needed.

Click map for driving directions
The alpine zone along the Presidential Mountain Range is a great place to spend a sunny summer afternoon!


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge


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


AMC Field Staff are passionate about the outdoors and have the training necessary to prioritize safety. Certified in wilderness medicine, and trained in outdoor leadership and risk management, AMC Field Staff provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They lead fun trips while teaching important life and outdoor skills. They follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC Field Staff create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.