Hiker’s Bunkhouse: Lakes of the Clouds Hut, N.H.
For more than a century, the Appalachian Mountain Club has maintained a European-style alpine hut system in New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains. At 5,050 feet, this is the highest, with one of the best front-porch views this side of the Mississippi. The coed dorms (from $127/night) are pretty basic but come with delicious, stick-to-your-ribs meals to fuel challenging above-tree-line hikes to the surrounding Presidential peaks.
REMOTENESS: It’s a strenuous three- to four-hour hike to reach Lakes of the Clouds, ascending a minimum of 2,500 feet.
BOOK IT: Two months in advance. Most dates are snatched up at least that early. outdoors.org
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