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Lodge to Hut Adventure: Alpine Flowers of the Presidential Range

Date and Time

Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:00PM - Sunday, June 14, 2020 2:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


The alpine zone is a rare habitat in New England, and the shoulder of Mt Washington and the Presidential Ridge offer the conditions where alpine plants, such as diapensia, and alpine azalea, can survive and even thrive. Experiencing it in Spring bloom is a special treat. Join us on this hut-to-hut natural history adventure, as we explore the adaptations of plants and animals to live in such a challenging yet stunning environment. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC's Lakes of the Clouds and Mizpah Spring Huts. We'll drive up the famed Mount Washington Auto road and hike across the Alpine Garden and on to Lakes of the Clouds Hut. The next day, we traverse the southern Presidential Range to Mizpah Spring Hut, giving us ample opportunity to explore the ridge and listen for white throated sparrows along the way. We will examine and discuss alpine adaptations and compare alpine plant communities. Program includes copy of AMC's Field Guide to New England Alpine Summits. This trip involves moderate/difficult hiking on steep, rocky terrain. Weather can change quickly and become quite cold and windy above treeline. Participants should be in good hiking shape, have proper hiking boots and clothing, and be prepared for a summer alpine adventure! ITINERARY: Day 1 : Meet for dinner and pre-trip orientation at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge in Pinkham Notch. Please arrive anytime between 3pm and 6pm to check in and get comfortable. Meet your Guides in the dining room for a 6 pm dinner, we'll review the trip itinerary, gear needs and other important information after dinner. Day 2: We'll drive up the infamous Mount Washington Auto Road to the Alpine Garden Trail. The Eastern shoulder of Mountain Washington is host to amazing and unique alpine plant communities. We'll spend the day observing and identifying the plants that call this area home and hike to Lakes of the Clouds hut, 3.0 miles with 800 ft. elevation gain. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the hut Day three: We'll wake up and have a hearty, home cooked breakfast. This day is almost exclusively above tree line and travels along the oldest maintained hiking trail in the United States, the Crawford Path. Weather permitting, we'll hike over Mt. Monroe, Mt. Franklin, Mt. Eisenhower, and last but not least, Mt. Pierce (with an alternate route around the summits in inclement weather). We'll enjoy the abundance of rare alpine plants and flowers as the Crawford Path follows the ridgeline until finally descending

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $499 member / $559 non-member
*Lodging at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge (private rooms may be available at a higher rate), Lakes of the Clouds and Mizpah Springs Huts; All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day; a copy of the AMC Field Guide to Alpine Summits; Instruction and leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides

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Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff


Wait Listed

Nearby AMC Destinations

Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Mizpah Spring Hut
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
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.