Experiencing the White Mountain HutsBy Avi David Edelson Posted in - Camping & General News on October 5th, 2014
Experiencing the White Mountain Huts
With the sun’s intensity fading, and summer vacation over for most students, fall is the perfect season to experience wilderness in the north east. And if you enjoy multi-day backcountry trips, New Hampshire’s White Mountains provide access to an excellent hut system that’s well thought out, convenient and perfect for hikers who’d prefer slightly more than the confines of a tent when traveling overnight, out of doors.
The White Mountain huts, which are managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), are set amongst some of the region’s most spectacular terrain. Overlooking wind-swept and glacier-carved mountain sides, the huts are optimally situated for extended gazing after a long day of trekking. Modeled on the hut systems of western Europe and New Zealand, the AMC’s are something of an anomaly in the United States—which is also part of their appeal. Each year thousands of people experience the unique, and somewhat exclusive, seven huts that make up the system—and very few of them regret the experience, or its price tag.
Depending on season, and amenities, prices range from $30-$120+/night, per person for a stay at one of the huts. Though, most are priced toward the upper end of that spectrum. While this might seem pricy, it doesn’t seem to discourage many. During peak season the huts fill fast and early. Therefore, it’s strongly encouraged that you make your reservation, online, well in advance of your trip. To learn more about the huts, and the AMC, visit http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/huts/ for all the details.
Photo Credit: Matthew Flamm
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