Hermit Lake Shelter
Hermit Lake is a popular overnight destination for those interested in a multi-day adventure in Tuckerman Ravine. This is the only area you are allowed to camp overnight in the area.
The Hermit Lake Shelters provide overnight backcountry accommodations for up to 86 people and are located just below HoJo's (the caretakers cabin) and adjacent to a small lake (Hermit Lake).
The Shelters are managed and operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) by special arrangement with the US Forest Service (USFS).
The shelters consist of 8 lean-tos and 3 tent-platforms. Some lean-tos are open faced, some enclosed.
There are no facilities at Hermit Lake! You are responsible for your own sleeping bag, warm clothes, food, camp stove and water.
Campfires are not permited at Hermit Lake or anywhere in the Cutler River Drainage area.
You should have basic outdoor winter camping skills if you wish to stay at Hermit Lake. As a mountain camp, temperatures can dip well below freezing even in the spring.
You MUST reserve a shelter/tent platform at the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center located on Route 16 at the trailhead of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Reservations must be made in person and are provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Cost is $15 per person per night. Maximum stay is 7 nights. No pets are allowed. Tickets are non-refundable non-transferable. You can contact the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center at 603-466-2727.
Arrive at Pinkham Notch early to ensure your spot! The Visitors Center opens at 6:30am. On busy weekends or any weekend in late April/May it may be advisable to arrive on Friday morning to ensure you get your reservation.
Fires are NOT allowed at Hermit Lake. Be sure to bring your camp stove.
A winter outhouse is available east of the caretakers cabin (HoJo's). In late spring and summer months, a washroom with running water is available.
The Hermit Lake Shelters are accessed via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Beginning at Pinkham Notch (el 2,032 ft) on Route 16, this trail ascends to Hermit Lake (el 3,875 ft) in 2.5 miles. Approx hiking time is 2 hours.
Tuckerman Ravine is a 40 minute hike from Hermit Lake (.7 miles).
Weather updates, conditions and avalanche bulletins are available at the caretakers cabin (HoJo's) just a few minutes up the trail from the shelters. Be sure to check conditions before you head up into the ravine.
At the end of your stay, you may elect to hike back down to Pinkham Notch, or ski back down via the Sherburne Ski Trail which starts at HoJo's. This trail is typically open or partially open till mid/late April.