Introduction to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Date and Time

Friday, November 3, 2023 6:00PM - Sunday, November 5, 2023 4:00PM


Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Gain the necessary skills to plan and execute a long-distance hike. Whether it's a months-long endeavor on the Appalachian Trail, or a shorter adventure on the Long Trail, we'll focus on hikes ranging from 2 weeks to 6+ months with a special emphasis on East Coast long trails. This program will cover everything from the long-distance hikes to choose from and the logistics of completing a hike to the gear and know-how you'll need on the trail. The course will be led by AMC guides who have completed thru-hikes of their own. They'll share their own stories, and help you learn from their sometime hard-won lessons. Come learn new outdoors skills to get yourself one step closer to checking that hike off your bucket list, and enjoy great hiking among good company. This program is largely classroom-based, but does include guided hikes to break up classroom time. Participants will learn: What is long-distance hiking and what trails are suitable for long-distance hiking Logistical considerations, including map and guide books, seasons to hike, budgets, resupplies, etc. Planning for food and what to eat on the trail Gear basics and suggestions Realities of the trail, trail culture, and staying motivated Leave No Trace outdoor ethics COVID-19 Response AMC's COVID response priorities are safety, transparency, and mission. We continue to follow the science and recommendations from CDC. This includes a vaccination requirement for all participants in this program. Exemptions: AMC understands that medical or religious exemptions must be considered. Those to whom medical or religious exemptions apply must receive a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the start of this program.

AMC Trip Policy

To provide an environment that allows AMC Outdoor Programs to continue to operate during the pandemic while mitigating risk for all group members and staff, we have modified our operations based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), input from AMC's medical advisor, and in response to specific guidance in the states we operate. Based on specific program attributes, AMC will require program participants be fully vaccinated, or share the results of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your program start or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of your program start. Photo documentation is required. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purposes of this policy. View the fully vaccinated definition as determined by the CDC. While individuals participating in programs will be required to verify vaccination status or share a negative COVID test result, participants should expect to be in the presence of both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests at AMC facilities, including bunk rooms and dining areas. Participants seeking accommodation based on religious or medical reasons may be subject to additional protocols beyond testing. This includes the potential for mandatory masking when maintaining social distance is not possible.


Starting at:

Adult: $498 member / $550 non-member
*Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day; Free use of equipment from the Lodge Demo Center Instruction, handouts and leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides

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Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

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.