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Lonesome Lake Hut
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We just returned from a two hut AMC adventure with our 11 year old granddaughter. Our first two nights were spent at Greenleaf Hut and while that was a good experience (although cold for June) our experience at Lonesome Lake was topnotch. The literature tells you that the 1.6 mile hike up from the Lafayette Campground is easy. Well, it might be when compared to The Old Bridle Path or Falling Waters Trail to Greenleaf but make no mistake it is steep and in the slightly over one mile up you gain over 1000 ft. in elevation and there are still plenty of rocks that you will encounter on the hike. But once you get there what a treat especially for kids. Lots of younger families with lots of potential playmates for your young ones. Our 11 year old never lacked for play time with the other children there. Really liked our bunk room. We had our own self contained room with four bunks located a short distance away from the main hut. The only slight negative was that the bathroom was located in its own separate building. Not particularly fun when you had to go in the middle of the night. One of the best parts of the experience was the enthusiastic croo that manned the hut. From funny skits to great naturalist talks to absolutely surprising outstanding cooking, they were best croo we have experienced in our three hut visits. Galen, the hut master, was very friendly and I must say he made us a Roast beef tenderloin for supper that was as tender and well done(actually done Medium) with outstanding seasoning as you could find in any fine dining restaurant. And the dessert bars wow. Great Lentil soup too.Then there was the view of Franconia Ridge up and beyond the Lakes shoreline. As we left the hut early on our last day we were treated to a beautiful reflection of the ridge on the lake's surface. What a way to end our terrific hiking time in The White Mountains. We will return someday. Who wouldn't at this idyllic mountain retreat.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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7  Thank KyleG033
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

In the summer this is a full service hostel with breakfast and dinner provided as well as a bunk, blanket and pillow. In the fall, winter and spring it is self service where you have access to the large kitchen and you need to bring a warm sleeping bag.

We did this in the fall and it is backpacking made easy. No need to pack a stove, or pots or a tent just warm clothes, good shoes and a comfy bag to sleep in. The hut care taker was friendly and helpful pointing out good hiking routes that would be acceptable to the age and skill level of our group.

The best thing about the hut is that although it is only a 1.5 mile hike from the nearest parking lot the view of the lake and the Franconia ridge behind it makes you fell like your in a mountain hideaway miles from the world. This is a fantastic getaway.

Room Tip: Don't be afraid to meet new friends in the shared bunk rooms
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank CT_Ed
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

My boyfriend and I were invited by our friend who is a caretaker at the cabin to come for an early Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of friends. The hike up wasn't too difficult, though it had it's steep spots and icy spots (bring some microspikes or hiking poles in the winter). We are fairly experienced hikers and it took us about an hour and 15 minutes (in the dark!). However, we saw young kids on our way down, so it is a very doable 1.6 miles. Upon reaching the cabin, we were greeted by a warm kitchen and a large group of people there for dinner. The dining room is very big, has a lot of character, and is a great place to hang out with friends. After a hearty turkey dinner, we walked out near the lake a star gazed in the brisk mountain air. Our room was a bit chilly, but quite comfortable and the toilets were very clean. In the morning, we took a beautiful walk around the lake. The Lonesome cabin was a wonderful experience and I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Elise G
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

The Coo are very relaxed. You feel that you just walked into your own mountain hut. The Common area wraps around an open and friendly kitchen. There were 3 moose in the area. There is a board walk which completely surround Lonesome Lake which permits on to see and experience the delicate eco-system of the area without damaging it. The sleeping wings have been recently renovated and are really upscale including over every bed a gear loft and shelf for those items which need to be close by at night. It has a wonderful view of Franconia ridge. The Coo put on the best Skit of all the huts we stayed in. Someone was really creative.

Room Tip: All rooms are equal.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank ptravelp
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

Fun family hike and great place to stay. Beginner trail but still challenging enough to make it interesting. (Little over 2 hours up and about 1:20 down.) Brought my wife (her first hike) and 7 yo daughter who insisted on leading the way. Lots of fun. The hut was way better than expected. Very clean (cleaner than the hotel we stayed at the next night) extremely friendly croo staff and good food. Would recommend it to all (but don't let my wife pack your pack!) We look forward to repeating it next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank hungrydad
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