Hut on Summer Solstice
Lakes of the Clouds - 5050'
This is the most popular hut in the AMC system. It sleeps 90 people
a night in several bunkrooms and has a croo of 8. The massive day
traffic has earned the hut the nickname "Lakes of the Crowds." It
is located in the
Washington. The original structure was
built in 1915 and is located near the larger of the
two lakes. Most nights during the summer
are full for dinner, especially on the
Just north of the hut are the
lower lakes, the water supply for
the huts. AMC researchers study acid rain at the
research station between the lakes.
The hut season is from June to mid-September, shorter than many of the
others due to the weather and elevation. During the season there is
limited space available for backpackers for a fee. There is a hiker refuge
in the basement of the hut
that sleeps 6. It is a cramped, damp, dank place, but about the only place you
can stay legally on the ridge. You can reserve a spot there up to 48 hours in
advance by calling Pinkham Notch.
The quickest access to the hut from the west is the Ammonoosuc Ravine
trail which comes up from the Cog RR Base
Road. From Pinkham Notch the quickest route is up through
Tuckerman Ravine on the Tuckerman Ravine trail to
the Tuckerman Ravine Crossover, or climbing over
Boott Spur on the Boott Spur trail and taking
the Camel trail to the hut.
The AT runs right past the hut, along the Crawford Path. The ridge runs
south to Mizpah Springs Hut
and north to Madison Springs Hut.
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