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Date Sunday  9/1/2013
Group State CMC
Event Title Canceled Hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire
Status Canceled
Leader Betsy Weitkamp
Member Price $940.00
Non-member Price $1,000.00
Available Participants 1
Type Outings


United States, New Hampshire
Trip Dates: 9/1/2013 - 9/9/2013

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To register for this trip contact leader Betsy Weitkamp, Phone: 303-722-1656 or Email:


This trip will take us to the White Mountains, a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire. We will fly into Boston airport and be greeted by our shuttle to take us to the Highland Center to spend the first night where accommodations are simple, clean, and comfortable. Evening programs and tours explaining the green technology of the Highland Center will be offered. The Center is on Crawford Notch, a dramatic mountain pass on the southwestern slopes of Mount Washington.

The next day starts our travel to the Appalachian huts, the first being Zealand Falls Hut. The hut holds 40 overnight people and accommodations will be in co-ed bunk rooms. Zealand Falls Hut at 2,700 feet in elevation is located in Zealand Notch. This hut occupies a choice spot near waterfalls and outstanding views at the eastern edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. A popular destination, it is the perfect place to spot moose and other abundant wildlife. The Zealand Trail is relatively short so we have the possibility of taking a hike near the hut in the afternoon. The view from the hut is spectacular, and the roar of the waterfall above a glassy smooth pond is inviting.

Galehead Hut is our next destination for two nights. It is located on Garfield Pass at 3,800 feet, the most remote hut in the New Hampshire chain with spectacular views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area. From the hut it is possible to climb South Twin, a 4,000-foot peak, or hike down to 13 Falls.

A hearty breakfast each morning and a delicious dinner after an active day, included in the trip price, will be provided by a hospitable and friendly kitchen crew who live in the huts to ensure a pleasant experience for the guests. Lunches are not included but can be purchased for each day. Evenings will be social events, exchanging stories with other people from all over the world who are enjoying the New Hampshire experience.

The next day we will take the cog railway to the top of Mt. Washington, the highest mountain in the northeast. Elevations in the White Mountains are certainly not as high as in Colorado but nevertheless challenging and beautiful. In 1869 the world’s first mountain climbing railroad was opened on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast's highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were then. The cog railway, a National Historic Engineering Landmark continues to provide a sense of adventure and history as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle and the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington. We will take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean. You are in for an unforgettable adventure and magnificent scenery.

Descending to Lakes of the Clouds hut we will spend the night in the highest and most popular hut in the chain. Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located on the southern shoulder of Mt. Washington and the hut offers sweeping views, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and proximity to rare alpine flowers. On rare occasions it is possible to see the northern lights from the hut. We will then descend 2,500 feet to our last night before returning to the airport and home.


Leader’s Qualification, Experience:

Have led day hikes and ski tours for several years.  Have led 10 Adventure Travel trips to Europe and US.  C level hiker.  

Outing Description:

Meet in Boston airport, travel by shuttle to trail head in New Hampshire, take cog railway and hike on top of Mt. Washington, hike to and stay in three different Appalachian Mountain huts.  

Education Value:

Spend time in the Appalachian Trail and view flora and fauna of the area, get to know about the mountains and meet other hikers on the trail from all over the world while staying in the huts.

Skills, Training, Physical Requirements:

 This will be a hard B or easy C hike climbing at moderate pace as much as 1,000 ft in 1 mile and descending 2,500 ft.

Pretrip Activities:

There will be a pre-trip meeting and at least one conditioning hike.

Cost Per Person: 
Number of participants excluding leader is 8-10.  Total cost is $940 for members, $970 for non-members. Total amount is due at sign-up ($100 is non-refundable).   

Included in Price:

Stays in huts including breakfast and dinner at huts, shuttle to and from airport in Boston, shuttle to trail heads, cog railway to top of Mt. Washington

Price Does Not Include: 

Air flight to Boston. Lunches, but they can be purchased for $10.36 per lunch.