AS­SUME THE THRONE

LAKES OF THE CLOUDS HUT WHITE MOUN­TAIN NA­TIONAL FOR­EST, NEW HAMP­SHIRE

Backpacker - - VIEW WITH A ROOM -

From the AMC’s high­est hut, you’re just 1.5 miles from the top of 6,288-foot Mt. Wash­ing­ton. Get to Lakes of the Clouds via a 7-miler on the Craw­ford Path, then use the hut to stage a less com­mit­ting sum­mit bid or to lay low if the peak’s leg­endary weather threat­ens. Of course, you can al­ways sit back and en­joy the virtues of AMC huts—warm beds, home­cooked meals, hiker ca­ma­raderie—with a side of long-range views. Just re­mem­ber to tip the croo. Trail­head Craw­ford Sea­son June 1 to Septem­ber 16 (no self-ser­vice) Ameni­ties Bunks with mat­tresses; meals pre­pared by live-in staff; run­ning wa­ter Reser­va­tions $113/night; bit.do/lake­sof-the-clouds-hut Con­tact out­doors.org

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