LODGE TO HUT: FRANCONIA RIDGE

Highlighted by tremendous views and full array of mountain habitats, this adventure takes us across iconic Franconia Ridge, where we’ll find rare alpine plants and stunning views. We begin at AMC’s Highland Center for an initial meeting and a comfortable night’s lodging before we set out on the trail. Transported by van to the trailhead, we begin our trek to Greenleaf Hut via the Falling Waters Trail. We’ll hike along a beautiful mountain stream up steep terrain, coming out on the summit of Little Haystack. From here, we’ll make our way across the exposed alpine ridge, over the summits of Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette, and finally to Greenleaf Hut, on the shoulder of Mt. Lafayette. Our final day is a downhill trek along the Old Bridle Path, with great views of the ridge we came across, back to the trailhead to be met by the van and transported back to the Highland Center.

FAMILY ADVENTURE: LODGE TO HUT

This program offers a perfect introduction to hut hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After orientation activities and a night’s sleep at Highland Lodge in Crawford Notch, we’ll begin our adventure with a moderate hike in Crawford Notch. During the afternoon we’ll learn and hone our map reading and compass skills, and practice on our orienteering course. On day three we’ll make our way to Lonesome Lake Hut, one of the most accessible huts for families and kids. Depending on arrival times at the hut we’ll explore the area, including Lonesome Lake right at the hut, or possible hikes out Kinsman Pond or nearby summits.

WOMEN’S ADVENTURE: HIKE AND PADDLE

Participants will enjoy one day focused on hiking in beautiful Crawford Notch, with skills such as hiking safety above treeline, use of map & compass, Leave No TraceĀ©, and basic first aid skills. Participants will spend the second day learning the basics of flatwater paddling in a canoe, on scenic Moore Reservoir, on the Connecticut River.

LODGE TO HUT: MOUNT WASHINGTON HIKE AND OVERNIGHT AT LAKES OF THE CLOUDS

Join an AMC Outdoor Guide on an attempt to summit New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington. At 6,288′ the “rock pile” should be on everyone’s bucket list. Often underestimated due to its low elevation for a summit above treeline, and it’s relatively short mileage. This challenging hike may be difficult for some to accomplish in one day, so we will take advantage of Lakes of the Clouds Hut and spend the night, hiking back down the next day.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Zen on the Trail

Author Christopher Ives will give a reading from his book Zen on the Trail.

Zen on the Trail opens a window on hiking as a form of pilgrimage, as a spiritual practice that can deepen one’s connection to the natural world. While introducing readers to Buddhist contemplative practices on the trail and an array of pilgrimage traditions, Zen on the Trail highlights lessons that can be brought home from the woods.

Highland Happenings programs are free and open to all, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Campfire with S’mores!

Join us for a spring evening campfire complete with s’mores!

Highland Happenings programs are free and open to all, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.

Earth Day Open House at AMC Highland Center

Join AMC for our celebration of Earth Day with an open house on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We’ll have family friendly activities ongoing throughout the day, including Trailhead Trash Pickup, Recycled Crafts, Litter Relay, Citizen Science, and more. This year, White Mountain Science Institute joins us to offer a program on Recycled Robots and other cool science. This is a great opportunity for both kids and adults to get involved in conservation. The event will take place rain or shine, with lots of indoor activities in case of rain.

All activities are FREE and OPEN to the public. Activity Stations, ongoing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Trailhead Trash Pickup, AMC’s Climate Research & Citizen Science, Recycled Crafts, Leave No Trace, Recycled Robots, Lorax Scavenger Hunt, Litter Relay at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., and Dark Skies Talk & Planetarium Shows at 2 p.m.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Brush & Pen – Artists & Writers of the White Mountains

Brush and Pen is a featured film screening. The film explores the relationship between the artists and writers of the 19th century and their connection with the White Mountains.

Highland Happenings programs are free and open to all, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Night Hike with AMC Guides

Join AMC guides for a chance to experience winter at night in the White Mountains. This will be a short walk with opportunities for night sky viewing.

Highland Happenings programs are free and open to all, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Art Opening & Exhibit by Byron Carr

When Byron Carr first started painting with oils a well-known artist told him that Nature is the greatest teacher: go outside and paint! Byron has been painting in the White Mountains in all seasons ever since. He strives to capture the visual impression of the scenes he admires in the mountains. Join us for a celebration of his new exhibit at AMC’s Highland Center on April 5, with complementary snacks and drinks available for purchase. His work will be on display and available for purchase from April 5-June 30.