Hike-in Required
Potable water
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Located at the top of one of the most popular trails in the White Mountains, the Lonesome Lake AMC Hut is one of the most cherished lodges in the Appalachian Mountain Club Hut system. Overlooking Lonesome Lake and Mount Lafayette beyond, it's easy to see why. At times, it's hard to believe the parking area is only 1.75 miles down the trail.

The hut is really more of a complex. It sleeps 48 people in two co-ed bunk houses. Each room consists of four to six bunks with mattresses and pillows. Washrooms and composting toilets are available but separate from the bunkhouses. A main lodge area houses the kitchen, a wood stove, and several picnic tables with great views over the lake. 

The Lonesome Lake AMC Hut operates in two capacities, referred to as "seasons." Rates vary significantly throughout the year. Be sure to check availability and rates here. During self-service season, caretakers are available on a limited basis from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Guests have access to the full kitchen and all utensils, but they must carry in and carry out all of their food and trash. Additionally, guests must bring their own appropriately rated sleeping bag as the bunkhouses are not heated.

During full-service season, caretakers are always available and provide a family-style dinner at 6 p.m. and breakfast at 7 a.m. Three wool blankets are provided per person.

Electricity is not available at any time.

The Lonesome Lake Hut was originally built as a fishing camp by W.C. Prime in 1876. It was acquired by the state of New Hampshire in 1929 and has been maintained by the AMC ever since.

The hut is most commonly accessed by the Lonesome Lake Trail, but it can also be reached via the Basin-Cascade Trail. Several other hiking trails can be accessed nearby.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round


Price per night



Great Views. Lakeside. Relatively easy access.


Expensive. Can be crowded. No pets allowed.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

Appalachian Mountain Club


Continental breakfast


Nearby Lodging + Camping


The going rate for a night during the full service season is now $116 with membership and $139 without
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