Jackson, New Hampshire

Nestled amid the rugged grandeur of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the Lakes of the Clouds Hut at 5,012 feet stands as a beacon for adventure seekers.

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Nestled amid the rugged grandeur of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the Lakes of the Clouds Hut stands as a beacon for adventure seekers. Operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, this hut is not just a resting place; it's a high-altitude haven perched at a breathtaking 5,012 feet, making it the highest and most sought-after destination among the AMC's network of huts.

Situated on a ridge below the towering peak of Mount Washington, the highest point in both New Hampshire and the entire Northeast, the Lakes of the Clouds Hut offers an unparalleled vantage point. Here, amidst the ethereal beauty of pink and white alpine flowers, hikers can immerse themselves in the serene ambiance alongside the Lakes of the Clouds or witness the spectacle of a New England sunset.

Accommodating up to 90 hikers, the Lakes of the Clouds Hut operates in full swing from June to mid-September. Hikers are treated to hearty family-style breakfasts and dinners, fostering a sense of community in this remote mountain refuge. The accommodation, while basic, provides co-ed bunkrooms, cold running water, and composting toilets. Unheated bunkrooms, sans lights and electrical outlets, offer an authentic backcountry experience.

For those yearning for a mountaintop retreat, reservations are strongly recommended, ensuring a spot at this sought-after alpine outpost. Booking can be made through the Appalachian Mountain Club's website or by contacting them directly. Call (603) 466-2727 or email amclodging@outdoors.org.

Day hikers are also welcomed to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Whether it's a cup of coffee, a steaming bowl of soup, or a tempting baked delight, these offerings provide a warm respite for passing hikers. A refuge room, accessible in winter, stands open for emergency use.

The journey to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut is an adventure in itself. Accessible via the Lakes of the Clouds via Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, the trailhead is conveniently located next to the Marshfield Base Station. Covering a challenging 5.8 miles round trip, the trail gains a formidable 2,600 feet in elevation. As hikers navigate boulders and rocky stretches, the trail demands determination with scrambles and bear crawls.

For those arriving by car, the Mount Washington Cog Railway parking lot is the closest to the trailhead. Offering ample parking spaces, it tends to fill up early due to the popularity of the region. Additional parking is available at the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead, a testament to the many paths that diverge from this alpine hub, leading to the lofty summits of Mount Washington and Mount Monroe. The Lakes of the Clouds Hut is not just a destination; it's a gateway to further heights and grander vistas, inviting adventurers to explore the untamed beauty of Mount Washington.

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Base Station Road, Jackson, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
44.258806, -71.319028
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Parking Notes:
The closest parking lot to the shortest trail is The Mount Washington Cog Railway parking lot. There are hundreds of parking spaces, but they do fill up early because many visitors hike the various mountains and take the cog railway. Additional parking can be found at the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead parking lot located further down Base Station Rd.


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