The Harvard Mountaineering Club Cabin is a winter public-use cabin located at the base of Huntington Ravine on Mt. Washington. Typical guests include ice climbers, backcountry skiers, and winter mountaineers who use the cabin as a base camp and take advantage of the superb alpine setting that Mt. Washington uniquely provides the Northeast.
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Reservations and Rates
The cabin is open between December 1st and April 1st each year of operation and is maintained by a caretaker who is present most nights. Cost is $20/person/night to stay inside, with max occupancy of 16. Campsites accommodating 2-four person winter tent sites and 12 two person winter tent sites are available nearby for $10/person/night. Campers, unfortunately, may NOT use cabin facilities. In lieu of reservations, visitors are encouraged to sign up in the Pinkham Notch pack room and to see how many people have headed up already.
Please be aware of the following policies:
– Groups of 6 or more are asked to consider camping outside. This is to allow the maximum number of technical climbing teams (typically teams of 2) to utilize the cabin.
– An outhouse/latrine is available on-site. Toiletries are not provided. Arrive prepared!
– CARRY IN, CARRY OUT – Guests are required to pack out all trash, unused food items, and any unusable/damaged gear items. DO NOT BURY TRASH/UNWANTED ITEMS IN SNOW!
– Pets are not allowed inside the cabin.
The cabin is heated with a woodstove (4-9pm), and has permanent propane cooking stoves. A caretaker is present, although he or she is often out during the day. Water from a stream nearby is not treated so use iodine or filter if you desire. The caretaker has a radio to make emergency calls and the weather forecast and avalanche conditions are posted by 8am each morning.
Location and Directions
When visiting the cabin, first stop by the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and sign in at the cabin sign-up inside the AMC “pack room”. Alternatively, Concord Coach has 4h Boston-Pinkham Notch line.