Guided Hut Hiking: Franconia Ridge

Date and Time

Friday, June 28, 2024 5:30PM - Sunday, June 30, 2024 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 10am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


Join us for an unforgettable adventure as we traverse the majestic Franconia Ridge in the heart of New Hampshire's White Mountains! Our hike with AMC Guides offers a unique opportunity to explore one of the most iconic and breathtaking landscapes in the Northeast, all while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or new to mountain adventures, our guides will ensure a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, encouraging everyone to experience the journey at its fullest. Our journey will begin at AMC's Highland Center, a cozy and welcoming base where the group will meet for the first time. This initial meeting is a chance to connect as a group and the guides will review the plan for the weekend, expectations, safety protocol, gear, weather conditions, etc. and will be a chance to make sure everyone is feeling confident and prepared about the trip to come. For those needing equipment, we have gear available to borrow at no extra cost. The next morning, we will embark on our hike up the Falling Waters Trail, where we will ascend through lush forests alongside cascading waterfalls. Along the way, our knowledgeable guides will provide insights into the local flora, fauna, and geological features, enriching the experience with fascinating facts and stories about the area's natural history. As we gain elevation, the scenery transforms, offering sweeping vistas of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Once on the ridgeline, we'll have panoramic views as we hike along the spine of the mountains, with exhilarating exposure and stunning alpine ecosystems at every turn. We will hike over notable mountains including Little Haystack Mountain, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette. After a day of exploration and adventure, we'll descend from the ridge and make our way to the historic Greenleaf Hut, nestled in the picturesque edge of the boreal forest below Mount Lafayette. Here, we'll be welcomed with warm hospitality and hearty family style meals. We'll have the opportunity to relax and recharge as we recount the day's adventure and get a night's rest in the all gender shared bunkrooms. After a restful night at Greenleaf Hut and breakfast, we'll bid farewell to our mountain refuge and begin our descent along the Old Bridle Path. This scenic trail winds its way through a diverse landscape of boreal forest and northern hardwoods, offering a contrast to the alpine environment we experienced on Franconia Ridge. Our journey concludes back at the Highland Center, where we'll gather one final time for a wrap-up and farewells. Make memories to last a lifetime on this iconic White Mountain adventure!

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $546 member / $595 non-member
*All Meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day Lodging at the AMC Highland Center's Shapleigh Bunkhouse and AMC's backcountry Greenleaf Hut Use of gear and equipment from the LL Bean Gear Room Transportation to and from the trail heads Instruction and leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides

Past participants say...

"It was an experience of personal growth doing things I would not necessarily do on my own with safety conscious staff." -Participant, Summer 2023

Click map for driving directions
Lodge to Hut


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Greenleaf Hut
Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 10am - 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.