Family Halloween AMC Carter Notch Hut Overnight, White Mountains, NH

Trip dates: Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:00 AM

The AMC's Carter Notch Hut, known to be haunted, is the perfect destination for this family Halloween Saturday night overnight (more on that later). We backpack in 3.8 miles with 2,050' elevation gain along the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail arriving at the hut with a small lake and surrounded by the towering cliffs of Wildcat and Carter Dome on either side.

Carter Notch Hut, built in 1914, has a main lodge with two detached bunk houses. Carter Notch is known to be haunted with "Red Mac" McGregor, the friendly ghost of Red Mac McGregor who used to be caretaker at Carter. Here a link to the story (more on the web too): 100-this-year/5193505)

This is a great way to celebrate Halloween and introduce your kids to backpacking without the added work of bringing a tent. We hike into the Hut at an easy pace, stopping to explore and take pictures of the landscape. There are lots of boulders to climb too! After settling in those who wish to hike more can do part of the Carter Dome trail, or hike up some of the switchbacks going up to Wildcat. Otherwise you and your family can relax with a book, play games, or go swimming in the lake (brrrr) weather permitting. We will prepare a group dinner together, then more games and storytelling at night. Sunday, after a pancake breakfast, we hike back to our cars.

You and your children must be able to hike 3.8 miles along rocky terrain with moderate elevation gain of 2,050 ft (some steeper sections) carrying your personal gear, sleeping bags and some group food. Cost $75/member ($85 non-members) includes lodging at Carter Notch Hut Saturday night, one dinner and one breakfast. Participants are responsible for their own snacks and lunches. To register click the "Register Now" button above or copy and paste this URL into your browser:
For questions , call brian witkov at 9785354263 or


  • "It's our best kept secret. Carter Notch Hut surprises most with its intimate and unimaginably beautiful setting."

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Trip region: 
New Hampshire, Lakes Region
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Brian Witkov (978-535-4263; after 7 pm)

brian has been an outdoors advocate for several decades and hs enjoyed leading family backpacks, walks and hikes in mass and new Hampshire for several years.

Micheal Wainer (617-549-2731)
Navaneeth Kalluru (617-712-5013)
Trip location: 
19 Mile Brook Trail - Pinkham Notch - NH
AMC Carter Notch Hut, Families, hike, fun, fall foliage
AMC Destination: 
Carter Notch Hut
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Fee includes: 
one night lodging, one dinner, one breakfast

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Creation date: 
2018-03-25 17:04:44.0
Last updated: 
2018-08-11 19:18:31.817