" Camp somewhere around the Lakes Hut (any suggestions?). And then take Crawford Path out."
My suggestion would be check the rules, there is no camping above treeline unless you have 2 feet of snowpack.
Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness
Wilderness regulations, intended to protect Wilderness resources and promote opportunities for challenge and solitude, prohibit use of motorized equipment or mechanical means of transportation of any sort. Camping and wood or charcoal fires are not allowed within 200 ft. of any trail except at designated campsites.
Hiking and camping group size must be no larger than 10 people. Camping and fires are also prohibited above the treeline (where trees are less than 8 ft. tall), except in winter, when camping is permitted above the treeline in places where snow cover is at least 2 ft. deep, but not on any frozen body of water. Many shelters have been removed, and the remaining ones will be dismantled when major maintenance is required; one should not count on using any of these shelters.
Forest Protection Areas
The WMNF has established a number of Forest Protection Areas (FPAs)—
formerly known as Restricted Use Areas—where camping and wood or charcoal fires are prohibited throughout the year. The specific areas are under continual review, and areas are added to or subtracted from the list in order to provide the greatest amount of protection to areas subject to damage by excessive camping, while imposing the lowest level of restrictions possible. A general list of FPAs in this section follows, but since there are often major changes from year to year, one should obtain current information on FPAs from the WMNF.
(1) No camping is permitted above treeline (where trees are less than
8 ft. tall), except in winter, and then only in places where there is at least
2 ft. of snow cover on the ground—but not on any frozen body of water,
and not on the east face of Mt. Washington's summit cone from Boott
Spur to Nelson Crag (the area above Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines,
including the Alpine Garden area). The point where the above-treeline
restricted area begins is marked on most trails with small signs, but the
absence of such signs should not be construed as proof of the legality of
(2) No camping is permitted within a quarter mile of any trailhead,
picnic area, or any facility for overnight accommodation such as a hut,
cabin, shelter, tentsite, or campground, except as designated at the facility
itself. In the area covered by Section 1, camping is also forbidden within a
quarter mile of Glen Ellis Falls.
There is camping at Hermit Lake Shelter in Tuckerman Ravine.
Thanks for the info KD.
Water Source anyone? (Basically along the AT (Gulfside & Crawford).
I would say Star Lake by Madison Spring Hut and the lakes by Lakes of the Clouds Hut would be your closest, easiest sources of water. Be sure to filter it as with any natural source in the Whites.Originally Posted by a3dad
Is there really any BAD weather???
Right off the top of my head, the valley way tentsite is a REALLY short hike up the valley way trail...you might be better off tacking on more miles and going to The Perch or another tent site (can't remember what it's called...maybe crag camp or gray knob?) off the Isreal Path. Otherwise, your first day is really a bust with less than 4 miles of hiking...
...I know that I'm repeating some of what's already been said, but make sure to abide by the guidelines while your here. Lots of people every year do things like stealth camping above the treeline, and the effects are noticable. water sources...hmmmmm...right at the perch, there is runoff that is REALLY consistent. I'd say that if you know anyone with the Appalacian Trail maps (the book series by David Hooke that includes maps) the water sources are mapped out nicely, as the traverse has some of the AT contained in it...
I would actually have loved to join you guys, or at least gone to give you a ride back down to Valley Way...but I'll be heading to New York to see a dear friend.
Matthew I. Stearns
Hi all, as part of our trip we are working out logistics of leave a car and getting transport to our trail head launch. We think the visitor's Center in Crawford Notch State Park as a good point to have someone pick us up. Does someone have the name of this visitor center or some other identifying name that we could give to the person picking us up?
These cabins are around 4 miles up from Appalachia parking lot or easier route is to park at Lowes store and take the Lowes path up. Both are enclosed cabins and both have water. Crag camp is my favorite place to stay in the Whites but Grey Knob is nice also. They are both much better than a hotel room. Seeing that it is Nov. Grey knob might even have the wood burning stove in.
Hi, this time next week we will be embarking on our trek across the Traverse. From the standpoint of being safe, is there someone, I.e. rangers station, etc., we should contact with our planned itinerary and route?