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Lodge to Hut Adventure: Presidential Traverse

Date and Time

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 6:00PM - Sunday, July 5, 2020 2:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Join us on this hut-to-hut adventure as we traverse the Presidential Range from North to South. Beginning with dinner and a group meeting, we gear up for our backcountry adventure; first night will be a comfortable night's lodging at AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge. The next morning after a hearty breakfast, we embark on our hike up the Airline Trail to Madison Spring Hut. The next day is our longest hike at 7.2 miles we traverse the rocky northern Presidential Range to Lakes of the Clouds Hut giving us ample opportunity to explore the ridge in full summer glory. From Lakes of the Clouds Hut, we continue along the southern Presidential Range to Mizpah Spring Hut 5.0 miles. We end our hike by descending the historic Crawford Path to the Highland Center 2.6 miles, where we'll meet an AMC van and drive back to Joe Dodge Lodge. This multiday trip starts from Mount Madison and follows the ridgeline south hitting Mt. Adams, Mt Jefferson, Mt. Clay, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, and Mt. Pierce before ending at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch. Climbing over or around the summits will be based on weather and the ability and interest of the group. This trip involves challenging terrain including steep rocky ascents, uneven footing and exposed terrain above treeline. Weather can change quickly and become quite cold and windy. Participants should be in excellent hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing and be prepared for a summer alpine adventure!

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $849 member / $933 non-member
*All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day; Lodging at Joe Dodge Lodge, Madison Spring, Lake of the Clouds and Mizpah Springs Hut Instruction and Leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides Transportation to and from the trailheads

Past participants say...

"Gorgeous hiking and fabulous guides. They were so knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and encouraging." Participant, July 2014 "The highlight of this program was looking back and seeing my progress going over the peaks." Participant, July 2014 "It was a wonderful feeling to experience the challenge and to have such knowledgeable, friendly, interesting guides." Participant, July 2014

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Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff


Wait Listed

Nearby AMC Destinations

Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Madison Spring Hut
Mizpah Spring Hut
Joe Dodge Lodge


Most Challenging


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.