Great Family Adventures: Hut-to-Hut Hiking With the Appalachian Mountain Club

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

    Photo: Herb Swanson/Appalachian Mountain Club

HIGHLIGHTS: This year may be the 125th anniversary of America’s oldest hut network, but the majority of our nation’s young people haven’t experienced it. Help change that by planning a family trip to New Hampshire's White Mountains, where a four-day offering for ages nine and older takes you by foot along the backcountry huts of the southern Presidential Range. Learn about alpine ecosystems and sleep in sustainably-operated huts. If you’ve got littler ones, choose the five-day “Family Adventure Camp” option, which also focuses on hiking the White Mountains, but with easier walks, plus group games, outdoor-skills classes, paddling, geocaching, and crafts; all ages are welcome.

OUTFITTER: Appalachian Mountain Club, a mountaineering organization founded in 1876.

ITINERARY: Mount Washington Auto Road to Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mizpah Spring Hut.

DATES: “Family Adventure: Hut-to-Hut Hiking” starts on August 1, but other hut-oriented family trips happen throughout the summer.

PRICE: Rates vary, but the four-day “Family Adventure: Hut-to-Hut Hiking” costs $511 per adult and $368 per child (less for AMC members), including overnight accommodations in huts and at Joe Dodge Lodge, all meals, and guided activities. The five-day “Family Adventure Camp: Highland Lodge and Zealand Falls Hut” costs $645 per non-member adult and $484 per non-member child, including all meals, lodging, activities, and guidance. AMC also offers multi-day winter programs for families who want to experience snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, shelter-building, and animal tracking; these start at $255 per non-member adult and $162 per non-member child.

INFO: outdoors.org/recreation, (603) 466-2727.

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