Family Fall Foliage Hut Trip in the White Mountains

Date and Time

Friday, September 23, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022


Highland Center and Zealand Hut, White Mountains,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


Join us on this family adventure in Crawford Notch during peak foliage in New Hampshire. The trip begins with an overnight at the Shapleigh Bunkhouse at the AMC's Highland Center on Friday and then an overnight at the full-service Zealand Hut on Saturday - no need to carry food except lunch and snacks. The 2.8 mile hike into the hut is easy and relatively flat, but filled with brooks, marshes, ponds, and waterfalls. An early start on Saturday will allow us plenty of time to explore the terrain and surrounding peaks when we arrive. After we reach the hut and have lunch we will venture up to Zeacliff for those with energy left for this steep ascent. From the sunny ledges, you have a sweeping vista over the eastern Pemigewasset Wilderness. Directly below you is Zealand Notch. On Sunday after breakfast we will pack up and make our way back to the trailhead. All ages of children are welcome, and while it is an easy hike to the hut, beginner hikers should probably not attempt Zeacliff as it is 1000 feet of elevation gain in less than 2 miles.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.


Adult: $275 member
Youth: $245 member
Child: $165 member
*Includes lodging at the Highland Center's Shapleigh Bunkhouse Friday night with breakfast, overnight lodging at Zealand Hut, including Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast, and happy hour snacks. Lunch and snacks not included either days.

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Fall hiking in the Notch



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Nearby AMC Destinations

Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Zealand Falls Hut


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Stacia Biel has been leading for the AMC since 1999. She has led over 200 chapter trips and over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, including three family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, Iceland, and most recently the Italian Dolomites. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter, where she mainly leads for the Family Outings Committee.


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Eliza has been co-leading and leading hiking and ocean kayak trips with the AMC since 2006. Eliza planned and executed an AMC major excursion to Alaska and has recently focused her attention on co-leading winter backpacking trips. Eliza's family (husband and 8 year old daughter) have hiked and backpacked in Banff, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zion, and Yosemite National Parks.