Family Greenleaf Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH (BHP Level 4)

Trip dates: Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Come join us on a 2 day family hike with a stay at Greenleaf Hut (4,220) in Franconia Notch, NH. We will offer multiple route options the 2nd day, one easier and the second more difficult, summiting Mt. Lafayette and crossing Franconia Ridge. This second option is one of the most popular hikes in New England with amazing 360 degree views from the ridge, but the difficulty of the second option should not be underestimated. Here is the itinerary with the options:

DAY 1: Old Bridle Path to Hut 2.9 mi 2,500 ft elevation gain

DAY 2:
Option 1 (Easier): Straight back on Old Bridle Path 2.9 mi
Option 2 (Difficult): Up across Franconia Ridge, Down Falling Waters Trail (6.0 mi 1,500 ft elevation gain, 3100 elevation loss).

This hike is part of the AMC Family Beginner Hiking Program (BHP). We encourage you to sign up for BHP if you have not already, however, you aren't required to be part of the program to go on this hike. This is a level 4 BHP Hike (out of 4 levels). To find out more about BHP, please cut and paste this link into your browser:

Franconia Ridge is above treeline and fully exposed to bad weather and wind. If the weather forecast looks bad, we will not ascend or cross the ridge.

We will stay at Greenleaf Hut. It will be self-service season, so we will carry and make our own food, as well as bring our own sleeping bags. Dinner and breakfasts are provided, but participants will need to bring 2 lunches and other trail snacks. We will all make and cleanup dinner and breakfast as a group. There is a full kitchen with plates, cups and silverware at the hut. We will pack out our own trash including unfinished food and all plastic bags/wrappers.

The hut is family-friendly, with co-ed bunkrooms so families can stay together.

Cost: $70 for AMC members; $80 for non-members

To register click on the "Register Now" button above or cut and paste this link into your browser:
Contact Rick Gershberg at, 617-694-1060 with questions.


  • "Hiking to AMC Greenleaf Hut offers stunning views of Franconia Ridge including Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln and Little Haystack. From the hut, you also have an incredible view of Eagles Lakes and the surrounding White Mountain range."

Trip details

Trip region: 
New Hampshire, White Mountains
Trip state: 
Denise Boucher (978-470-0243)
Rick Gershberg (617-694-1060)
Trip location: 
Greenleaf Hut, Franconia Notch, NH
BHP Family Greenleaf Hut Overnight, Franconia Notch, NH (Level 4) Beginner Hiking Program
Trip country: 
Trip difficulty: 
Easier Option and More Strenuous Option




Registration required: 


Fee includes: 
Fee Includes the stay at the hut and the food provided for dinner and breakfast.

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Creation date: 
2018-01-29 18:40:08.0
Last updated: 
2018-03-19 14:04:54.0