White Mountain National Forest
Laconia, NH 03247
Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Hut System Reservations
Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch Camp
Box 298, Rte. 16
Gorham, NH 03581
The White Mountain National Forest is located in northern New Hampshire and part of Maine, 150 miles from Boston. From Pinkham Notch, Gorham is 11 miles north; North Conway is 15 miles south; and the quaint village of Jackson is 8 miles south.
From Boston, take I-95 north to Spaulding Turnpike north, which eventually turns into Rt. 16. Travel on Rt. 16 to Conway, New Hampshire, where routes 16 and 302 converge. Continue north to Glen, where the two roads diverge. Head east on Rt. 302 to the Crawford Depot.
In summer, temperatures can be anywhere from freezing to the 50s. There is the offbeat chance it might reach into the 60s or low 70s. Afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon, and there may be freak summer snowstorms.
In winter, temperatures can get as low as 40 degrees below zero. Winds can be extremely high at 130 m.p.h. Snowfall is around 100 inches per year. Avalanches are a threat.
Average Highs & Lows
March: 18 to 37 degrees
July: 56 to 78 degrees
October: 36 to 56 degrees
January: 6 to 26 degrees
Weather forecasts: 603/466-2725
Red foxes, red squirrels, moose, deer, woodchucks, and elusive bobcats live in the area. Black bears are fairly common, so keep food away from your tent.
If you’re an angler, you’ll appreciate the brown trout, rainbow trout, eastern brook trout and atlantic salmon that inhabit the area.
Black flies are prevalent in this area from late spring to early summer, usually at their worst from mid-May to mid-June.
Some alpine flowers can take up to 25 years to flower for the first time — and one hiker’s footprint can destroy that plant forever. There are many species of endangered plants here, so tread lightly.
Make reservations for the huts available from Appalachian Mountain Club several months in advance. The AMC also operates a hiker shuttle service (there’s a small fee), so you only need one car. Drivers will pick you up at designated spots and drop you off at your car.
Contact park office for information.
No permits are required.
Policies & management information will be available in the near future.
Be alert to extreme weather.
Leave No Trace:
Be careful not to tread on fragile plants.
All LNT guidelines apply.
The best maps are the AMC White Mountain Guide’s Map 5 (Franconia) and 6 (Mt. Washington), or USGS maps (Crawford Notch, NH, South Twin Mountain Quadrangle, and Franconia, New Hampshire). Contact:
Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108
Other Trip Options:
In the vicinity are Crawford Notch State Park and Fraconia Notch State Park (including a waterfall gorge and a ski area).