Page Type Page Type: Hut/Campground
Location Lat/Lon: 44.25900°N / 71.319°W
Additional Information County: Coos County
Additional Information Elevation: 5050 ft / 1539 m

Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Looking down to the Lakes
Looking down to the Lakes of the Clouds from the summit of Mt. Monroe.

Lakes of the Clouds Hut is a unique place in the White Mountains National Forest high in the midst of the Presidential Range in northern New Hampshire. This hut is run by the AMC (Appalachian Moutain Club) and is the highest of all their huts in the White Mountains located at an elevation of 5,050ft. on the saddle between Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe. The hut takes its name from the two high alpine lakes situated just to the east. These supply the hut and its inhabitants with a water supply throughout the hut season. These two lakes are very often easily confused as it seems that they sometimes run into the sky and mix with the clouds.

The hut was built in 1915 and stands next to the largest of the two lakes. Lakes of the Clouds stands as a very important shelter for those traveling the wind and weather battered northwest slopes of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. It offers hikers protection in the unforgiving weather that this range is notorious for. The most common, or easiest way of reaching the hut is via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. If you're on the south or west side of Mt. Washington and in search of a shelter from the weather, this hut is your best bet.



The hut can sleep 90 people per night in bunkrooms and has a crew of usually eight people. On very crowded summer evenings there are also six more spots opened in the basement which is known by hikers in the area as "the Dungeon." If you have a choice, I'd recommend against staying in the Dungeon.

Here is a list of Rates given by the AMC for their chain of huts (from

2006 Full- and Self-Service Hut Rates

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Member Nonmember

Adult Child* Adult Child*
Full Service, Sunday - Friday (see operating seasons below)
Dinner, Bunk, Breakfast
$79 $48 $87 $53
Extended Stay Rate**
$67 $41 $74 $45
Full Service, Saturday (see operating seasons below)
Dinner, Bunk, Breakfast
$87 $53 $96 $58
Self Service (see operating seasons below)
Carter - year round
$25 $25 $28 $28
Zealand, Lonesome - winter season only
$25 $25 $28 $28
**Three or more consecutive nights, not including Sat. night, throughout full-service season.
All applicable taxes included in rate.

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AMC Hut Availability

At the hut
Getting ready to head into one of the great huts of the White Mountains.


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Mount Washington Weather

Lakes of the Clouds
Lakes of the Clouds in the clouds



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