Memorial Day Weekend!

View from Mt. Pierce 5.19.13
Ready or not, Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  If you don't already have plans for laying on the beach, lounging by the pool, or attending a backyard barbeque, then come pay us a visit!  We guarantee beautiful scenery, first-class hospitality, and fun for the whole family!

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee sunny weather and clear, blue skies...  The weekend weather forecast is predicting a chance of showers and some cooler temperatures.  But don't let that dissuade you!  Mountain weather is known to change often, so check the Mount Washington Observatory website (http://www.mountwashington.org) for the most up-to-date forecasts.

Nauman Campsite 5.19.13
If you are planning a last-minute holiday-weekend get-away and are looking for accommodation, never fear!  Currently, both the Joe Dodge Lodge here at Pinkham Notch and the Highland Center in Crawford Notch have availability for the weekend, but book soon to secure a spot.  If you are looking for a more remote destination, four of our backcountry campsites (Liberty Springs, Garfield Ridge, Guyot, and Nauman) will be staffed by a caretaker this weekend.  Additionally, our high mountain huts are open for one last weekend of self-service before switching from a caretaker basis to full-service on June 1st.  Carter Notch hut, Mizpah Springs hut and Galehead hut all currently have open spaces for Saturday night, although availability is limited, so book soon!  To check availability, learn about our destinations, or book a stay, visit our website (https://www.outdoors.org/lodging/) or call our Reservations department at (603) 466-2727 Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Mizpah Springs Hut 5.19.13
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the caretaker at Mizpah Springs hut (thanks for the hospitality, Anne!), where the members of this year's summer hut croos are currently training and preparing for opening day next week.  This year marks the 125th anniversary of the huts system, so come help us celebrate at any of our eight high mountain huts this season!

If you're hitting the trails this weekend, expect a mix of ground conditions ranging from mud down low to slushy snow and ice up higher.  Light traction, such as Hillsound Trail Crampons or Kahtoola Microspikes may be helpful.  Waterproof hiking boot and gaiters will also help keep your feet dry.  Conditions could be variable, so bring layers, a rain jacket, and a sense of adventure!

Crawford Path below Mizpah Springs Hut 5.20.13
Crawford Path above Mizpah Springs Hut 5.19.13
**For anyone looking to summit Mt. Washington or ski/hike in Tuckerman Ravine, please be aware that a section of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail from "Lunch Rocks" to the intersection with the Alpine Garden Trail at the top of the Headwall is now CLOSED to all use, including skiing, snowboarding and hiking.  This annual closure is due to the crevasses, waterfall holes, falling ice and undermined snow that create serious hazards this time of year.  Hiking to the summit of Mount Washington from the Tuckerman Ravine trail will require cutting over to the Lion Head summer route prior to reaching the Hermit Lake Shelter and the base of the ravine.

For any general questions, conditions information, or trail advice, please feel free to contact us here at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk.  We are available by phone at (603) 466-2721 every day from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM or by email at amcpinkhaminfo@outdoors.org.

Happy trails!


Diane
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
(603) 466-8116
amcpinkhaminfo@outdoors.org

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