Four of us stayed here for a short backcountry outing. The hut is probably one of the nicest and most spacious of all the AMC huts, and it's highly recommended if you looking to experience a bit of the back-country without packing the tent and stove - and it's great with kids. Here is the scoop: It's a ~2.3 mile hike in from the Layfayette campground parking lot, and while everyone says it is easy (and it is), note that you go up ~1,000 feet, so it's steep. If you are going in snow season, like we did, either bring snowshoes or 'microspikes'. When it is hardpacked (as it was for us), the microspikes / Yaktrax are the better choice. We'll bring those next time! Once you pop out on top, you'll see the beautiful Lonesome Lake, then it's a short .3 miles or so around the lake to the hut. In winter, they start a fire at 4pm, and you share access to the spacious kitchen. Bunkhouses are unheated, but have pretty comfy foam pads in lieu of a mattress. Our room had 7 spots, two double bunk beds and one triple stack (great for kids). There is plenty of water, and the caretaker keeps several pots of boiled water so there is plenty of safe water. Toilets are, as you might expect, composting pit toilets. Enjoy. The atmosphere is great, since everyone really wants to be there. The hut has games (e.g scrabble, cards, monopoly, etc.), and it gets to be quite the communal (in a good way, not the 1960's commune sort of thing) gathering before during and after dinner. Views from the hut overlook the lake (except for a few trees - hugely politically incorrect so suggest cutting them down for a better view, I suppose!). In the summer, they have a larger staff and activities, so it is a great spot once your kids are old enough for the hike and comfortable being a bit 'off the grid.' In winter, it is equally spectacular. Go and enjoy, you won't go wrong!
- Also Known As:
- Lonesome Lake Hut Franconia, NH - White Mountains