View Full Version : Old HoJo's Cabin

Bill O
03-03-2007, 07:10 PM
The new AMC Outdoors magazine was in my mailbox today with a short article about Mount Washington's snow rangers. A photo of the old Hermit Lake shelter caught my eye.

Does anybody know more about this shelter? Where was it located? Are there any more photos?

Maybe its the tele-photo lens talking but it looks like its right at the base of the Little Headwall.

03-03-2007, 08:15 PM
When was the "new" cabin built? I was involved in an accident on Lion's Head in the late 1950's (I think). When we ran (and I mean ran) down Lions Head trail we did not have far to head up to Ho Jo's to get the ranger and radio for help and a Dr. We hit the Tucks trail - turned right - and the shelter was not far up the trail. It may be the current shelter was there in the late 1950's.

Bill O
03-03-2007, 09:19 PM
This photo looked like 1930's.

Arthur Dent
03-03-2007, 11:45 PM
HoJos, or the Tuckerman Ravine Warming Hut, shown in the latest AMC Outdoors, was owned by the WMNF and run by the AMC. The old building was there when I was working on the Snow Ranger's building about 1963 and the AMC was providing meals for the work crew who were sleeping in a small quonset hut. If I recall there was a propane leak that caused the explosion that destroyed HoJos somewhere around 1970. The new AMC building was built on the same spot.

03-04-2007, 06:31 AM
If the current building was built around 1970 then it is certainly the same spot. I have AMC Guide Books from the early 1960's and Ho Jo's is commented as being the same location.

Bill O
03-04-2007, 08:18 AM
Must have been smaller trees and a big lens that made it look so much closer to the Ravine.

03-04-2007, 05:10 PM
Does anyone have a picture of the old cabin?

Bill O
03-04-2007, 05:27 PM
Does anyone have a picture of the old cabin?

Here's the article. (http://www.outdoors.org/publications/outdoors/2007/snow-rangers.cfm)

The only picture they left out of the online version was the old Hermit Lake Shelter.