Hiking the Presidential Range from end to end is one of the United States’ classic treks. Of course, numerous trails can be used to accomplish this trip, although the main route between Madison Hut and Mizpah Spring Hut via Lakes of the Clouds Hut is fairly standard. What is great about this trip is you can visit as many of the major summits as you want, bagging up to eight 4,000-footers. Even if you choose to skip the summits, you will have an incredible hike above treeline, peering into glacial cirques, taking in views that stretch from horizon to horizon, and encountering alpine plant species that are more common on the tundra of northern Canada than in New England. Some people (very fit people) can complete this hike in a day, but most people take three or four days in order to enjoy a unique experience. By staying at AMC huts, you can lighten your load and have an easier time of it while scaling the heights.
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