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chudski63
08-19-2011, 06:50 AM
need some help on trip planning..planned a trip to do mt washington and continue through and do the northern range loop...looking for advice on a good area to camp for the night after i do washington and head north on the trail to the northern range..not sure if there are desisnated areas to pitch a tent on the trail or not..thanks

DMOutdoors
08-19-2011, 01:55 PM
Hi Chud,

There is no camping above treeline unless there is 2ft of snow. For any chance at pitching a tent in a flat spot, you will have to descend quite far into the valley after Washington. You might want to look into a hut for staying the night. Madison Hut is near the end, before you descend. The only other hut option is a little extra mileage to the Perch (Israel Ridge Path). This northern loop is usually done in a long day hike, 12-14 hours, likely because of the limited camping spots. Last suggestion, would be the Valley Way campsite. Valley Way goes into the trees from Madison hut. I forget how far the campsite is from the hut, and again, its near the end of your trip.

Be sure to let us know how it goes!

KD Talbot
08-19-2011, 02:58 PM
The Perch is an open shelter and not the only other option. There is Gray Knob and Crag Camp on Mt. Adams, closed huts with bunk-room sleeping. Mats are provided. First come, first serve. They're about 8 bucks a night. Madison Springs will run you around $90 but with two meals, and you will need reservations.

http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/sheltersinfo/aboutourshelters.html

http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/huts/huts-madison.cfm

KDT