Hut Road Rally . . . AMC Huts in a Day / Trailhead to the Huts (TH2H)

Date of Hike: 9/8/18

Nineteen Mile Brook Trail: 7.6 miles  /  Valley Way: 7.6 miles  /  Zealand Trail: 5.6 Miles  /  Crawford Path & Mizpah Cutoff: 5.2 miles  /  Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail: 6.2 miles  /  Gale River & Garfield Ridge Trail: 9.4 miles  /  Old Bridle Path: 5.8 miles  /  Lonesome Lake Trail: 2.8 miles
Total Miles: 50.25 (18,150 feet elevation gained) A.M.C. White Mountain Guide Online

Trip Report:
- A little twist on visiting all the huts in one day, doing them all individually from their respective trailheads!
- Starting at midnight, I left 19 Mile Brook Trail and beat feet up to Carter Notch Hut and back down in the cool temps, passing one other hiker attempting the standard H2H. Once back down I drove 13.5 miles over to Appalachia. As I started up Valley Way the temps continued to fall making for great night hiking on the way to Madison Spring Hut. On the descent I started seeing hikers around 4:30AM, in fact I'd see about two dozen over the last mile, yowzers!
- Leaving Appalachia, I drove 24.6 miles to the Zealand trailhead and trail ran back and forth to Zealand Falls Hut.  During the ascent I was happy to ditch the headlamp making things much easier.  The trail was very quiet as I only saw a few hikers near the end of my run.
- Next up was a 9.9 mile drive to the Highland Center for a quick up and down to Mizpah Spring Hut. On the descent I started seeing quite few hikers, I was happy to get out of Crwaford Notch before the conga line formed!
- From the notch I made the quick 9.6 mile drive up Base Station Road to the Ammo trailhead. I made relatively quick work up to Lakes of the Clouds, mainly because there were a lot of goofers on the trail. Usually I say hi to everyone, but this was head down and get out of dodge time on the descent.
- The morning portion of the rally was over as the clock struck noon during my 17 mile drive to Gale River trailhead. The hike up to Galehead was not that exciting but the trails were basically empty until closing in on the hut, which had no baked goods, a major disappointment! I ran back down from the hut making it to the Jeep just before 3PM.
- Now was the most difficult part of the day, finding a place to park in Franconia Notch! Luckily, I hit the notch during a sweet spot timing wise, as there were plenty of open spaces on both sides of Lafayette Place. (11.4 miles driven)
- The hike up to Greenleaf Hut was a rough one, not that I was too tired but as I was going up a hundred plus hikers were coming down, what a zoo! I reached the hut just before 4:30PM, it was a madhouse inside so I just turned around, forgetting to sign the guest book. I was dreading the run down but luckily it was only congested during the first mile followed by several good gaps for running down low aided by taking the hut croo shortcut.
- As I reached Lafayette Place, I motored my way up to Lonesome Lake Hut, signed the book, snapped a few pics, and ran back to the car finishing at 5:56PM
- It was a challenging and extremely fun day visiting the huts and traveling around the Whites. I also rolled the Jeep over 200K miles during the outing. :) 

Stats: 17 hours 56 minutes total time / 14 hours 40 minutes hiking / 3 hours 16 minutes driving and gearing up / 90 miles driven between trailheads / 140 miles driven door to door.

19MBT 12AM, Carter Notch Hut 1:03AM, back down at 1:53AM / Valley way 2:21AM, Madison Spring 3:48AM, back down 4:50AM / Zealand Trail 5:37AM, Zealand Falls Hut 6:18AM, back down 6:51AM / Crawford Path 7:27AM, Mizpah Springs 8:20AM, back down 9AM / Ammo Trail 9:21AM, Lakes 10:32AM, back down 11:27AM / Gale River Trail 12:10PM, Galehead Hut 1:41PM, back down 2:45PM / Old Bridle Path 3:17PM, Greenleaf Hut 4:24PM, back down 5:07PM / Lonesome Lake Hut 5:37PM, back down 5:56 PM

 Elevation over distance profile

map of route, trails and driving (16, 2, 115, 3, 302, 93, Zealand Road,  Base Station Road, Gale River Road

Hut signs: CN 1:53AM / MS 3:48AM / ZF 6:18AM / MzS 8:20AM / LOC 10:32AM / GH 1:41PM / GL 4:24PM / LL 5:37PM

Trails taken

Mizpah Cutoff.  Well placed rock step have stopped erosion along this trail, if not it'd be a deep half pipe tunnel

Gem Pool on the Ammo Trail

Approaching Lakes of the Clouds with Mount Monroe in view

Descending Ammo Trail

I love this old little sturdy ladder along the Ammo Trail

Twin Brook & Franconia Brook valley

Mount Lafayette & Lincoln.  It appears that Lincoln is higher than Lafayette but that's not the case, it's just the angle from where the pic is snapped

Lonesome Lake and Kinsman Ridge as seen from Agony Ridge 

Greenleaf Hut and Mount Lafayette

Lonesome Lake

I nabbed the best spot in Lafayette Place, right at my finish line!!

1 comment:

  1. I like your photos and the report with the trip. Great blog. Best wishes from across the Ocean :)