New Hampshire Snowshoeing ? The White Mountains

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 4-12
Difficulty
Starting from
$659 for REI Members
$759 for non-members
Departures Dec 2019-Dec 2020
Mon���Fri 7am���5pm PT

Spend three days snowshoeing into the heart of the White Mountains.

Mountain adventurers, rejoice; this snowshoeing journey to Zealand Falls is the perfect way to extend the hiking season. Our adventure takes us to New Hampshire's White Mountains on an exceptional loop from picturesque Crawford Notch to the remote, snow-covered Zealand Valley and back. With our packs loaded, we traverse this physically-demanding loop, passing breathtaking views, stunning peaks and forests blanketed in winter?s glow.

Our route links a number of classic trails in the area. We hike over fairly rugged terrain involving challenging ascents and optional detour hikes. Our expert guides have dialed in every detail of the journey and provide in-depth information about the area. Enjoy rustic lodging at the remote Zealand Falls Hut as well as a comfortable night at the Appalachian Mountain Club?s Highland Center. With new adventures brings new friends and the chance to experience the White Mountains in all their winter wonderland glory.

Trip Highlights

  • Snowshoe through New Hampshire's White Mountains through the Zealand Valley
  • Spend two nights at a rustic and remote backcountry hut
  • Take in jaw-dropping views of nearby forest and mountains, blanketed by winter
  • Enjoy a challenging trek along classic trails and follow expert guides

Activities

This trip is rated Vigorous [4]. Trip members will snowshoe and/or hike up to 7 miles (up to 8 hours) while carrying a backpack weighing 25-35 pounds. The terrain is rugged with daily elevation gain and loss up to 1,700 feet.

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing

What's Included

One night's lodging at the AMC Highland Center; two night's lodging at AMC Zealand Falls Hut; meals as noted in daily itinerary; snowshoes and/or ice traction devices; trekking poles; professional guiding; taxes; transportation to and from trailheads when required.

Accommodations

Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center: 1 night. Rustic bunk-style lodging at AMC Zealand Falls Hut: 2 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at Crawford Notch for dinner and a trip orientation.

Arrive at the Highland Center Lodge in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire between 3pm and 5pm today. This four-season lodge is an outdoor education center that showcases green construction and energy efficient design. Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 5:30pm for dinner, then regroup to review the trip itinerary, on-trail safety protocols and the gear list to ensure you are well prepared for the hikes. The Highland Center has a gear room, where gear can be borrowed on a first-come basis only and is subject to availability. Dinner included.

Day 2

Hit the trail for our first taste of the beautiful White Mountains.

Our morning starts with a full buffet breakfast at the Highland Center. We then gather to review last-minute details and distribute sack lunches and group food. Our route to Zealand Falls Hut is chosen based on several factors including weather, trail conditions and group makeup. Regardless of final trail selection, our first day snowshoeing will provide a wonderful introduction to the picturesque White Mountains. Once at Zealand Falls Hut, we settle into co-ed bunkrooms and eat a family-style dinner. A cold-weather sleeping bag, extra clothing layers and a headlamp are essential for your stay as bunkrooms are unheated and have no lighting. All meals included.

Hiking/Snowshoeing: 5.5-6.5 miles; Elevation gain up to 1,200? and loss up to 1,500?.

Day 3

A day of discovery awaits as we explore New Hampshire?s backcountry?.

Your guides will introduce today?s route, which is determined by weather, trail conditions and group makeup. The most rugged mountain chain in New England, the White Mountains offer numerous opportunities to take in gorgeous winter scenery while snowshoeing along challenging trails. Options may include a hike to a remote mountain summit, or a trek to an isolated waterfall. After a day outside, we return to Zealand Falls Hut for another family-style dinner and time to reflect with new friends. All meals Included.

Hiking/Snowshoeing: 4.5-6 miles; Elevation gain and loss up to 1,640?.

Day 4

Snowshoe back to the Highland Center and farewells to new friends.

We have breakfast and pack up, then set out for a return journey to the Highland Center. Our route is again determined by weather, trail conditions and group makeup. We plan to return to the Center between 2pm and 4pm. Lunch may be on the trail or at the Center. We return any group gear and prepare for the trip home. Or, extend your stay for another night at the Highland Center at the AMC member rate discount. If you are flying home tonight, please allow extra time for uncertainties related to weather and other factors beyond our control. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking/Snowshoeing: 5.5-6.5 miles; Elevation gain up to 1,500? and loss up to 1,200?.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.��� To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.��� This gear list has been created to help you choose equipment for the trip.��� Try to bring only what is necessary - this will help you and the field staff.���

What to pack

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Travel documents

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  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Photo Identification

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 800-622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.