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PINKHAM NOTCH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hiking the White Mountains with the AMC: An Intergenerational Adventure

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Program #21124RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Appalachian Mountain Club, Lakes of the Clouds Hut (5,050 ft) Summit of Mount Washington (6,288 ft)

Equipment Requirements
Guests need to supply their own hiking gear (boots, blanket/linens for hut stay, pack, water bottles, etc). There is a Lowa boot demo center where guests can borrow boots if needed.

Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 12, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Operating since the 1920s, this lodge is steeped in history for providing wonderful mountain hospitality and for its close proximity to some of the best hiking in the eastern US. Located at the base of the eastern slopes of Mount Washington, the lodge is the ideal location to use as a base camp for numerous adventures. The hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the famed back-country ski area of Tuckerman Ravine starts at the lodge, and the Appalachian Trail passes directly between the lodge and the visitor center. These are just a few of the hiking choices and are among other North American classic hikes and climbs.

Contact info:
361 Route 16
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Gorham, NH 03581 USA
phone: 603-466-2727
web: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/pinkham/

Room amenities: There are no T.V.s and no phones in rooms. There is limited cellular phone service and a pay phone in the lodge. Guest can receive messages through the front desk

Facility amenities: 2-4 bunk rooms, family rooms with various configurations, and some double rooms. Bathrooms are provided dorm-style and separated by gender. There is a Lowa boots demo center providing hiking boots for guests to try out. These boots are complimentary for the guests to use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are dorm-style on each hallway for separate genders

Additional nights before: see below
Bunk accommodations: $58.98/adult & $33.08/child Family rooms: $67.70/adult & $33.08/child

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 07 - Arrive and check into Joe Dodge Lodge, welcome re...
Arrive and check into Joe Dodge Lodge, welcome reception, dinner and orientation

Note: Arrive and check into Joe Dodge Lodge, welcome reception, dinner and orientation

Arrive To: Joe Dodge Lodge--Pinkham Notch Check-in is available from 3:00pm, though rooms may be open earlier. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we'll review during orientation.

Afternoon: WELCOME RECEPTION: 5:00-6:00pm in our private meeting room with fresh fruit platter, mix of cheeses & crackers, ice water and lemonade; BYOB

Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm and typically includes fresh-baked bread, soup, salad, a delicious entrée (vegetarian option available with advance request), and homemade dessert.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, your gear, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. You are about to embark on a new Road Scholar learning adventure in association with the Appalachian Mountain Club designed for Beginner-to-Intermediate levels of hiking. Led by an AMC staff, you will have daily activities such as hiking, stream exploration, wildlife and plant identification with an AMC naturalist to learn first hand about the forest ecology and natural history of Pinkham Notch. Our last night will be spent at the AMC’s unique back-country hut Lakes of the Clouds.

Lodging: Appalachian Mountain Club Joe Dodge Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Operating since the 1920s, this lodge is steeped in history for providing wonderful mountain hospitality and for its close proximity to some of the best hiking in the eastern US. Located at the base of the eastern slopes of Mount Washington, the lodge is the ideal location to use as a base camp for numerous adventures. The hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the famed back-country ski area of Tuckerman Ravine starts at the lodge, and the Appalachian Trail passes directly between the lodge and the visitor center. These are just a few of the hiking choices and are among other North American classic hikes and climbs.

Contact info:
361 Route 16
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Gorham, NH 03581 USA
phone: 603-466-2727
web: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/pinkham/

Room amenities: There are no T.V.s and no phones in rooms. There is limited cellular phone service and a pay phone in the lodge. Guest can receive messages through the front desk

Facility amenities: 2-4 bunk rooms, family rooms with various configurations, and some double rooms. Bathrooms are provided dorm-style and separated by gender. There is a Lowa boots demo center providing hiking boots for guests to try out. These boots are complimentary for the guests to use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are dorm-style on each hallway for separate genders

Additional nights before: see below
Bunk accommodations: $58.98/adult & $33.08/child Family rooms: $67.70/adult & $33.08/child

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 08 - Hike Safe presentation, stream and forest explora...
Hike Safe presentation, stream and forest exploration and hiking. Evening presentation on mammals of the White Mountains.

Note: Hike Safe presentation, stream and forest exploration and hiking. Evening presentation on mammals of the White Mountains.

Breakfast: Available from 6:30am. Enjoy a tasty buffet family style in the dining room. Buffet includes eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon and sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There will also be yogurt, fruits, and cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included.

Morning: 8:30 am HikeSafe Presentation: The AMC staff will provide an interactive program on hike safety, specifically geared toward the children. The children will learn how not to get lost in the woods and what to do if that should happen. A fun, informative presentation. 9:30 am Stream Exploration AMC Staff will lead a hands on aquatic and terrestrial stream critter investigation. We’ll explore a slow moving section of the Cutler River in search of its inhabitants. From 6” Spring Salamanders to tiny stone flies. The river will never be the same once you’ve discovered all the animals that call it home.

Lunch: Taken in the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Sit down lunch in the dining room. Choose your own sandwiches, soup, and dessert.

Afternoon: Afternoon hikes: We will embark on easy hikes in Pinkham Notch. AMC Staff will discuss plant and animal identification along the way as well as safe hiking techniques and tips. We will be back by 5 pm for down time before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner, served family style, begins at 6:00pm and typically includes fresh-baked bread, soup, salad, two delicious entrées (vegetarian and non), and homemade dessert.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Mammals of the White Mountains AMC staff will present an interactive presentation on White Mountain Mammals. Using our mammal skins and skulls collection from Moose to beaver. Learn all about the mammals that call the area home.

Lodging: Appalachian Mountain Club Joe Dodge Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Operating since the 1920s, this lodge is steeped in history for providing wonderful mountain hospitality and for its close proximity to some of the best hiking in the eastern US. Located at the base of the eastern slopes of Mount Washington, the lodge is the ideal location to use as a base camp for numerous adventures. The hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the famed back-country ski area of Tuckerman Ravine starts at the lodge, and the Appalachian Trail passes directly between the lodge and the visitor center. These are just a few of the hiking choices and are among other North American classic hikes and climbs.

Contact info:
361 Route 16
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Gorham, NH 03581 USA
phone: 603-466-2727
web: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/pinkham/

Room amenities: There are no T.V.s and no phones in rooms. There is limited cellular phone service and a pay phone in the lodge. Guest can receive messages through the front desk

Facility amenities: 2-4 bunk rooms, family rooms with various configurations, and some double rooms. Bathrooms are provided dorm-style and separated by gender. There is a Lowa boots demo center providing hiking boots for guests to try out. These boots are complimentary for the guests to use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are dorm-style on each hallway for separate genders

Additional nights before: see below
Bunk accommodations: $58.98/adult & $33.08/child Family rooms: $67.70/adult & $33.08/child

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 09 - Morning hiking and afternoon free-time
Note: Morning hiking and afternoon free-time

Breakfast: Available from 6:30am. Enjoy a tasty buffet family style in the dining room. Buffet includes eggs, pancakes and waffles, bacon and sausage, home fries, and home baked items. There will also be yogurt, fruits, and cereals. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice water is also included.

Morning: Meet your AMC guide for morning hikes to scenic vistas. WE will explore the trails in search of animal tracks and sign. We will use our new knowledge from Monday evenings Mammal program

Lunch: Sit down lunch in our dining room.

Afternoon: FREE-TIME Take the afternoon off to explore the area with your family. AMC staff will offer recommendations and “must see” places in the area.

Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm and typically includes fresh-baked bread, soup, salad, two delicious entrées (vegetarian and non), and homemade dessert.

Evening: A fun, family friendly night hike lead by AMC Naturalists where we will explore the night-life of Pinkham Notch.

Lodging: Appalachian Mountain Club Joe Dodge Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Operating since the 1920s, this lodge is steeped in history for providing wonderful mountain hospitality and for its close proximity to some of the best hiking in the eastern US. Located at the base of the eastern slopes of Mount Washington, the lodge is the ideal location to use as a base camp for numerous adventures. The hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the famed back-country ski area of Tuckerman Ravine starts at the lodge, and the Appalachian Trail passes directly between the lodge and the visitor center. These are just a few of the hiking choices and are among other North American classic hikes and climbs.

Contact info:
361 Route 16
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Gorham, NH 03581 USA
phone: 603-466-2727
web: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/pinkham/

Room amenities: There are no T.V.s and no phones in rooms. There is limited cellular phone service and a pay phone in the lodge. Guest can receive messages through the front desk

Facility amenities: 2-4 bunk rooms, family rooms with various configurations, and some double rooms. Bathrooms are provided dorm-style and separated by gender. There is a Lowa boots demo center providing hiking boots for guests to try out. These boots are complimentary for the guests to use.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are dorm-style on each hallway for separate genders

Additional nights before: see below
Bunk accommodations: $58.98/adult & $33.08/child Family rooms: $67.70/adult & $33.08/child

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10 - Paddling on the Androscoggin River with Great Gle...
Note: Paddling on the Androscoggin River with Great Glen Outdoor Center

Breakfast: Available from 6:30am. Enjoy a tasty buffet family style in the dining room while you revel in stories and take part in conversation with your fellow participants while you fuel up for the day's activities.

Morning: After breakfast, pick up your packed lunch for the adventurous day on the river. We will meet our river guides from Great Glen Trails Outdoors Center and spend the day on the river

Lunch: Have lunch on the river, continuing the conversations and learning with the AMC Naturalists and Great Glen Staff

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP CONTINUES: We will paddle on the Androscoggin exploring the river and observing wildlife along the way. At around 4:00pm, we will drive back to Joe Dodge Lodge for some "down" time before dinner

Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm and typically includes fresh-baked bread, soup, salad, a delicious entrée (vegetarian option available with advance request), and homemade dessert.

Evening: We will organize our gear and get ready for the hike to Lakes of the Clouds Hut. There will be Naturalists/guides to help prep participants as the get ready to embark on a fantastic overnight of adventure the following day.

Lodging: Appalachian Mountain Club Joe Dodge Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The highest and most popular hut in the chain, Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located on the southern shoulder of Mount Washington, NH. This hut offers sweeping views, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and proximity to rare alpine flowers. Elevation: 5,050 feet

Contact info:
361 Route 16
Gorham, NH 03581 USA
phone: 603-466-2727
web: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/huts/huts-lakes.cfm

Room amenities: no T.V.s, no electricity, no phones, no heat...but amazing experience staying in the Alpine zone on Mount Washington!

Facility amenities: AMC Huts are in back-country locations and are “off the grid” – our ability to operate at remote locations depends on the cooperation of guests. This hut is operated by wind and solar power mostly. --Co-ed bunk rooms, within hut, sleeps 90 in coed bunk rooms for 6, 8, 12, or 15 people. --Huts are not heated, so please bring warm clothes, with separate washrooms with toilets and cold running water --There are no electrical outlets – energy reserved for emergency communications, kitchen, and lighting of common areas. --Bunk rooms have no lighting – bring a headlamp or flashlight. --Carry In/Carry Out all trash and recyclables. --Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets provided – bring sheets, sleep sack or lightweight sleeping bag (full-service season). Blankets not provided during self-service season – bring an appropriately rated sleeping bag. Meal Service --Dinner served family style at 6:00PM sharp, includes fresh bread, soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Entrées include hearty fare such as stuffed shells, chicken, lasagna, baked ham, chicken parmesan, and turkey dinner with trimmings. Child-friendly meal options available at all huts - talk to our staff at check-in. With advance notice, we can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets. --Breakfast is served at 7:00 AM and includes either eggs or pancakes, plus hot cereal, fruit, and breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, coffee or tea. --Resident staff available with trail information and weather reports. --Small retail store with safety items, snacks, souvenirs. --Informative displays and daily educational programs.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: dorm-style with cold running water (no showers) separated by gender

Check out time: 10:30 AM

Day Five: Thursday, July 11 - Mount Washington Auto Road, Mount Washington Summ...
Mount Washington Auto Road, Mount Washington Summit Exploration, Tour of the Mount Washington Observatory and Hike to Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Note: Mount Washington Auto Road, Mount Washington Summit Exploration, Tour of the Mount Washington Observatory and Hike to Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Breakfast: Available from 6:30am. Enjoy a tasty buffet family style in the dining room. During breakfast take in the amazing views out the window toward Wildcat Ridge.

Morning: We will meet at 9 am and get a ride up the famous Mount Washington Auto Road. AMC Guides will share the history of the Road and the natural history out our windows as we drive up the 8 mile historic carriage road.

Morning: At the top we will head into the Sherman Adams Building which houses the Mount Washington Observatory. Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit scientific and educational institution. Its mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. We will get a tour of the weather station by Observatory staff.

Lunch: We will eat our trail lunches at the summit.

Afternoon: After lunch we will hike down to Lakes of the Clouds Hut from the summit of Mount Washington, a 1.5 miles moderate hike. Lakes of the Clouds Hut, highest of all the AMC Backcountry Huts at 5,012 feet above sea level, is one of the most storied locations in the hut system.

Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00pm and typically includes fresh-baked bread, soup, salad, a delicious entrées (vegetarian and non), and homemade dessert. Served family style in the hut dining room with amazing view right out your window.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut Naturalist will provide an evening program at the Hut. Junior Naturalist program for youth where the Hut "Croo" help to promote interest in the natural environment through educational programs. Most evening programs at the hut will revolve around the delicate Alpine environment and effect of climate change.

Lodging: Appalachian Mountain Club Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 12 - Hike out of Lakes of the Clouds hut to the summit...
Hike out of Lakes of the Clouds hut to the summit, Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railroad down the mountain.

Note: Hike out of Lakes of the Clouds hut to the summit, Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railroad down the mountain.

Breakfast: 7 am at the Hut

Morning: After breakfast we will pack up and hike up to the summit of Mount Washington. A 1.5 mile moderate hike. At the summit we will board the Mount Washington Cog Railroad, the the first Mountain Cog Railroad in the US. WE will be touring the workshop where they custom-build the cars that operate on the system. At the bottom we will meet an AMC van and get transported back to the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge where participants can take a shower and get ready for lunch.

Lunch: Our final lunch together will be a sit down lunch prepared by our chefs. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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