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, home-cooked meals, hiker camaraderie—with a side of long-range views. Just remember to tip the croo.