Presidential Peaks and the Appalachian Trail
- Hike on the Appalachian Trail
- Phenomenal mountain scenery & views
- Stay in cozy backcountry huts
- Amazing natural & cultural history
- Mountain creeks and alpine lakes
- Summit opportunity on Mt. Washington
- Expert wilderness guide
Join Wildland Trekking for an incredible 4 days in the highest mountains in New Hampshire, the Presidential Range! Known as the centerpiece of the White Mountains, the Presidential Range culminates at the highest point in the Northeastern United States - the summit of Mount Washington at 6,288 feet above sea level!
This trek offers an opportunity that is rare in the USA - the ability to hike deep into stunning wilderness while spending our nights in comfortable backcountry huts. Our trek will take us from the ecologically diverse forests that encompass these mountains (home to black bear, moose, fox and more) up to high alpine ridges and peaks where expansive views will take your breath away. Our route follows the Appalachian Trail across multiple iconic summits including Mounts Monroe, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Franklin and Mount Pierce to name a few. And our nightly lodging includes a comfortable bunk, running water, toilets, hearty meals and outstanding company.
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Today you will meet up with your guide and group at the AMC Highland Center, located in the impressive Crawford Notch. We will rendezvous at 5 PM but consider arriving a day or two early to enjoy this stunning area! Family-style dinner is included as we meet our group, chat about our trip logistics and issue some lightweight gear. After dinner we will settle into our private room lodging in order to be well rested and prepared for tomorrow's adventure.
- Shuttle to Trailhead: 20 minutes
- Hiking Mileage: 6.1 miles
- Elevation Gain: 3800 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1300 feet
After a hearty buffet style breakfast, we will shuttle to our starting trailhead to begin our trek. Our hike begins gradually with classic views of rugged mountain cliffs and waterfalls. As the trail ascends toward tonight's hut the angle will steepen, and our sense of adventure will increase! Our hut, perched above treeline near breathtaking alpine lakes and with phenomenal views, is a must see and was voted one of America’s best huts by BACKPACKER Magazine. After we settle in and fuel up, we will make a summit attempt of Mount Washington, weather and desire permitting. Mount Washington is known for its extreme weather, which can occur even during the summer months. In any case, this day takes us all the way from forest to the alpine zone and ends with a hearty meal and a cozy bunk!
- Hiking Mileage: 4.7 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1235 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1235 feet
Today we will be traversing some of the namesakes of the Presidential Peaks including Mount Monroe (5,372 ft) and Mount Eisenhower (4,780 ft). We will wake to a tasty breakfast in the hut, pack our gear and head off on a section of the Appalachian Trail known as the oldest maintained footpath in the US. Today’s hike is stunning, a sustained ridge walk above treeline with spectacular vistas and mountain scenery. The path takes us over another two summits, Mount Pierce (4,311 ft) and Mount Franklin (5,003 ft) before we descend into the trees to end our day at tonight's hut. We will settle in for the evening and enjoy another meal prepared by the friendly hut staff. Please note that if the weather today is uncooperative we will hike a safer, alternative route to this ridge hike.
- Hiking Mileage: 4.4 miles
- Elevation Gain: 275 feet
- Elevation Loss: 1877 feet
- Shuttle: 15 minutes
After our last breakfast together at our hut we prepare for our final summit of the trip - Mount Jackson (4,052 ft). We will take in the view before we head off on our descent trail to begin our trek back toward the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center. We will catch a short shuttle back to the lodge where we enjoy a late lunch together and say goodbye to new friends and an amazing adventure.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.
- One night in a private room with private bath at the stunning AMC Highland Center
- Two nights of bunkroom accommodations in backcountry huts in the White Mountains
- A professional, knowledgeable, certified Appalachian trekking guide
- Use of top-of-the-line backpack and trekking poles
- Appropriately rated sleeping bag professionally laundered after every trip
- All meals are included from dinner the first day through lunch on the last day
- Roundtrip transportation from the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center to the trailhead and back
- Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
- You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
We will enjoy some wonderful hut meals, primarily dinners and breakfasts while staying at the huts. All other meals are prepared and provided by your guide.
All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.
For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Deuter or Osprey backpacks
- Sierra Designs sleeping bags
- Leki trekking poles
- Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
- Mountain Safety Research cookware
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Emergency communication device(s)
We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.
NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.
You will meet your guide and group on Day 1 at 5pm at the AMC Highland Center near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Your guide will contact you approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate the exact meeting place and pick-up time.
Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.
Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Appalachian Trail hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard ratio of guests to guides on this trip is 6 guest and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
The White Mountains are home to the notorious weather station on the top of Mount Washington where in 1934 the fastest wind speed record on land that wasn't associated with a tornado or hurricane - 231 mph - was recorded. The weather can be wildly erratic, which makes it important to follow the packing list and be prepared for a diversity of conditions including temperate and humid to below freezing to windy and rainy. Thunderstorms in the summer are common, but so are sunny, blue bird skies on long summer days.
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This unique mountain lodge in the stunning location of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire is operated by the same conservation organization that runs the backcountry hut system. The lodge has cozy rooms, general living room and patio with breathtaking views. Wildland guests are in private rooms with shared or private baths.
White Mountain Huts
The White Mountain backcountry huts are remote and in spectacular settings. They offer us the opportunity to sleep above treeline in cozy, indoor "lodging." The accommodations are in co-ed bunkrooms with separate bathrooms with flush toilets. The bunkhouses are not heated, have no lighting, and electrical outlets are not available.