View Full Version : Need tent to camp out on Mt. Washington trail?

06-11-2009, 01:34 PM
A friend wants us to do a climb on Mt. Washington in about 10 days. Not sure which trail he has in mind but says it will take about 3 hours of straight upward climbing and that we will need to camp out one night before heading back down. He says if we can't find a hut we can sleep outside without tents. I wonder if this makes sense. Should we have a tent if we are camping out somewhere on the Mountain?



Bill O
06-11-2009, 08:03 PM
Three hours is very ambitious. Expect closer to four one-way on the main routes up Mount Washington.

There is no legal camping on Mount Washington. You can stay in the AMC Huts or the Hermit Lake Shelters. Hermit Lake has tent sites and lean-to's so you don't need a tent if you stay in the lean-tos.

06-11-2009, 08:45 PM
Not sure which route you are thinking of but Mt Washington is a day hike, at best, if you start on the east or west base. If you are doing a prezi traverse, then you might think about camping but there is NO camping above treeline. If you search these forums, this topic has been discussed a few times. Here is a good thread to read about the topic:


06-11-2009, 09:44 PM
If you want to make it a two day and stay at the hut (which would be Lakes of the Clouds for a Mt Washington up and back) you almost surely need reservations this time of year. You can make them on the AMC site at http://outdoors.org (http://outdoors.org/).

Bill O
06-11-2009, 09:46 PM
Hmmm, I forgot about that aspect. Ryan is correct. You don't have to stay overnight at all. The vast majority of hikers climb Mount Washington on a day trip.

Spending the night at Hermit Lake gives you plenty of extra time to explore. It's only a two hour hike to the shelters. From there you can drop of your heavy gear and go explore the snowfields in Tuckerman Ravine then come back and sun on the deck at the ranger's station. The next morning ascend Lion's Head, traverse the Alpine Garden then head for the summit. On the way down head for Boott Spur then take the Link back to Hermit Lake to pick up your heavy equipment and hike back to the base.