America’s Best Huts: Lakes of the Clouds Hut

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

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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.

Trailhead Crawford Season June 1 to September 16 (no self-service) Amenities Bunks with mattresses; meals prepared by live-in staff; running water Reservations $113/night; Contact