Reach Your Peak: Guided Training Hike Franconia Ridge

Date and Time

Friday, July 26, 2024 5:30PM - Sunday, July 28, 2024 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Embark on a thrilling adventure atop the breathtaking Franconia Ridge, a crown jewel of New Hampshire's White Mountains! This thoughtfully planned expedition is not just a hike; it's an opportunity to build skills and challenge yourself while in a supportive and inclusive environment led by AMC Guides. Whether you're gearing up for grander mountainous aspirations abroad or seeking to steep in the rugged beauty of Franconia Ridge, this journey promises to enrich your outdoor skills and endurance, all while fostering a spirit of camaraderie among like-minded adventurers. Our journey will begin the 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. Gear will be available to borrow at no extra cost. We'll embark on our hike the next morning, ascending through diverse forests and past beautiful cascading falls, taking us into the alpine zone. We'll continue our hike above treeline along Franconia Ridge, known for its stunning panoramic mountain views. The trail takes us over the summits of two of New Hampshire's peaks over 4000 Feet, and we'll explore the unique and rare plants of the alpine zone along the way. This strenuous ascent into the elements will provide ample challenge and opportunities to learn from professional guides in how to be prepared and keep yourself safe during a mountain adventure. After traversing the ridgeline, we'll descend to Greenleaf Hut, where we will have a hearty family style hut dinner with sunset views of Franconia Ridge. After a night's sleep in the shared bunk space and breakfast, the group will hike back down to the trailhead, taking in stunning views along our descent, discussing outdoor skills topics along the way. Once our hike concludes, we will depart for the Highland Center for lunch, wrap up, and goodbyes. Ready to test your limits and expand your hiking goals? Secure your spot on this unforgettable journey through one of New Hampshire's most majestic landscapes. Highlights: Physical Challenge: Designed for those seeking to elevate their fitness level in preparation for more ambitious mountain goals. Skill Acquisition: From novice to seasoned hikers, gain valuable outdoor skills that transcend beyond the trail. Inclusive Pace: While the spirit of the trip is challenging, we pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive environment, ensuring no hiker feels left behind. Community: Forge lasting bonds with fellow participants who share your passion for the outdoors

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.