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.
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?.
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?.
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?.