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Lodge to Hut Adventure: Pemigewasset Wilderness

Date and Time

Thursday, June 11, 2020 5:30PM - Sunday, June 14, 2020 1:00PM


Highland Center,
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 explore the Pemigewasset Wilderness. A spectacular 3-day trek. Beginning with dinner and a comfortable night's lodging at AMC's Highland Center; we gear up for our backcountry adventure. We embark on our hike up the Gale River Trail before intersecting with the Appalachian Trail on our way to Galehead Hut. The next day we traverse the AT along the Twinway Trail, a remote ridge with beautiful views, to Zealand Falls Hut. From Zealand Falls, we end our trip with an easy hike out via the Zealand Trail next to a beautiful winding river. This challenging trip offers views of the remote Pemigewasset Wilderness. 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! PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Hiking in world renowned terrain, including summit attempts of Galehead, South Twin, and Zealand Mountains. SAMPLE ITINERARY: Day One: Check in and Pre-Trip Meeting 5:30pmMeet and Greet Group & Guides 6:00pmDinner 7:00pm Pre hike meeting at Highland Center Day Two: Our Adventure Begins! 6:30am-8amBuffet breakfast 8:30amGroup Meeting & Pack up 9:00amAfter packing up, we drive to the Gale River Trailhead (30 minutes) and hike 4.6 miles up the Gale River Trail to Galehead Hut gaining 2200 feet in elevation. Lunch on the trail. 4:00pm Approximate Arrival at Hut Afternoon Optional Hike: Depending on weather, trail conditions, and group abilities, an afternoon hike may be offered to the summit of Galehead. 6:00pm Dinner at the Hut EveningEvening Program with Naturalist Day Three: Across the Ridge We continue along the Appalachian Trail via the Twinway Trail, over the summits of South Twin, Guyot, and Zealand Mtn. This is the toughest day of our traverse with 7 miles over rough rocky terrain including elevation gain and loss. 6:00pmDinner at the hut EveningEvening Program with Naturalist Day Four: The Last Leg Our last day is a relatively easy 2.5 mile hike out via the Zealand Trail along the Zealand River.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $549 member / $608 non-member
*All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day; Lodging at the AMC Highland Center (private rooms may be available at a higher rate), Galehead and Zealand Falls Huts; Instruction and leadership by AMC Guides Transportation to and from the trailheads

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Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Galehead Hut
Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Zealand Falls Hut




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.