The AMC's Carter Notch Hut is the destination for this family adventure weekend. The Hut sits at the end of a moderate 3.8 mile hike in along the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. It is surrounded by the towering cliffs of Wildcat and Carter Dome on either side, and there is a small lake just below the Hut. The Carter Notch Hut, which was built in 1914, has a main lodge with two detached bunk houses. Hiking there is a great way to introduce your kids to backpacking without the added work of bringing along a tent. We will hike into the Hut at an easy pace, stopping along the way to explore and take pictures of the landscape. There are lots of boulders to climb too! After settling in those who wish to hike more can do part of the Carter Dome trail, or hike up some of the switchbacks going up to Wildcat. Otherwise you and your family can relax with a book, play games, or go swimming in the lake if the weather permits. We will enjoy a group dinner, prepared by participants and leaders, and then more games and storytelling at night. Sunday, after a pancake breakfast, we will hike back to our cars. You and your children must be able to hike 3.8 miles along rocky terrain with your own personal gear, sleeping bags and group food. The elevation is gain is moderate - 2,050ft over 3.8 miles, with some steeper sections.
Cost is $75/members and $85 non-members and includes lodging at Carter Notch Hut Saturday night, one dinner and one breakfast. Participants are responsible for their own snacks and lunches.
- "A tranquil oasis with stunning cliffs, the Carter Notch Hut is a challenging but doable family backpacking adventure without the tent!"
Located on east side of Route 16 about a mile north of the Mount Washington Auto Road, this trailhead is the starting location of the Nineteen Mile Brook trail. The trailhead is immediately adjacent to the Nineteen Mile Brook, and offers parking for appro
Stacia Biel has led over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, including family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, and most recently to Iceland. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter.