The White Mountains 

Peak Bagging the 4’000 Footers

Includes one overnight at Madison Hut

Saturday, September 8th – 15th, 2018

Women Only


This Women’s Only Week Retreat in the White Mountains is designed for the adventurous woman who desires to climb the rugged mountains of New Hampshire in her attempt to Peak Bag several of its 4’000 footers.

It is also designed for the explorer, the adventurer and the courageous woman who loves life, nature, and the camaraderie amongst other women while learning and growing on all things outdoors while hiking.


Climbing Mt Washington . Looking back on Mt Monroe


Lakes of the Clouds

Summit . Mt Washington

Mt Monrow . Lakes of the Clouds Hut

Ammonoosuc Ravine 

Mt Monroe 5,372′

Mt Washington 6,288′

Today’s 9 mile day hike will feature The Ammonoosuc Ravine … the Lakes of the Clouds Hut … the summit of Mt Monroe … the summit of Mt Washington … and optional Cog Railroad or the Jewel Trail to descend (dependent on the weather).

The Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (“The Ammi”) … with several river crossings, a few flats rocks to clamber up, plenty of breathtaking views of waterfalls, rock scrambles, cascade ledges, and emerging above treeline … this 3.1 mile hike up to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut can be tricky yet spectacular.

On the saddle between Mt Washington and Mt Monroe sits the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. This hut is run by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and is the highest of all their huts in the White Mountains located at an elevation of 5,050′.  Originally built as an emergency shelter in 1901, this hut is a popular rest stop for hikers.  With potable water, restrooms and a weather report … we will visit this hut before our summit to Mt Monroe.

Mt Monroe is a quick 0.8 mile out and back from the hut.  It offers 360 degree views and is one of New Hampshires 4,000 footers that many aspiring hikers conquer each year.  

Descending Mt Monroe, we will begin our trek up the Crawford Path (also the Appalachian Trail) for 1.4 miles to the summit of Mt Washington.  At 6,288′, the cone at the top is one giant rock pile!  The entire climb is out in the open and exposed to the elements.  Mt Washington holds the record of having the world’s worst weather!  A climb that is sure to dazzle any hiker!

Madison Spring Hut

Overnight lodging at the Madison Spring Hut

Mt Adams 5,799′

Mt Madison 5,366′

Monday, Sept. 10th – Tuesday, Sept. 11th

This two day hiking excursion begins at the Appalachia trailhead, a major gateway into the rugged and scenic Northern Presidential Mountains.  Traveling on one of the many trails that stem from this point, the Valley Way Trail is a direct, moderate, weather-resistant route .  This well marked, blue blazed trail climbs gradually for a good distance, paralleling Snyder Brook and after 3.8 miles with a 3,550 foot elevation gain, it ends at the Madison Spring Hut.  Hiking time is approximately 3:40.

Nestled in a col between Mt Madison and Mt Adams sits the Madison Spring Hut. Originally built in 1888, she relishes her position as resting on the oldest hut site in the United States. The first overnight guests stayed in the winter of 1889, and in 1906 a fee was instituted to utilize the shelter — 50 cents per night.  In 1940, a fire destroyed much of the hut but was rebuilt and re-opened the following year.  Drawn by many an Appalachian Trail thru hiker, adventure seeker or 4,000 footer peak bagger, the Madison Spring Hut has sheltered those who cross the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in search of adventure.  We will spend one night within the walls of this historic hut.

The Appalachian Mountain Club Huts are in backcountry locations and are “off the grid”.  Madison Spring Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.


Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.

Meal Service

Our stay at the Madison Spring Hut includes both dinner and breakfast.

Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. With advance notice, they can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.

Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus hot cereal, fruit and breakfast meat, like bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa or tea.

Lunch: bring your own, otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.

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Sunrise . Mt Madison

Northern Presidential Range

Mt Clay . Mt Jefferson . Mt Adams . Mt Madison


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Once at the Madison Spring Hut, securing a bunk, resting a bit and lightening one’s pack, we will continue to hike to one of the destinations described below on day 1.

On day 2 we will continue to complete the summits and return  back to the Appalachia Trailhead.

Weather dependent …

Star Lake

Star Lake Trail … 1.4  mile round trip … Hiking out to Star Lake, this small mountain lake without any tributaries, is best known as a tarn … a mountain glacier lake.  We will have spectacular views of Mt Madison and the southwest side of Mt John Quincy Adams.  A out and back hike not to miss!

Mount Madison

Osgood Trail … 1 mile round trip … With a 550 vertical foot climb from the Hut, the Osgood Trail reaches the summit of Mt Madison.  Here we will experience 360 degree views of the Great Gulf Wilderness!

Mount Adams

Gulfside Trail … Leaving the Hut, this trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail as we hike to the junction of the Airline Trail.

Airline Trail … This trail offers some scrambling before reaching the summit of Mt Adams. An adventure awaits!

Gulfside Trail/Airline Trail … 1.8 miles round trip … 950 foot elevation gain to the summit of Mt Adams.

Returning to the Appalachia Trailhead

Descending Mt Adams by way of the Airline Trail … 3.7 miles back to Appalachia Trailhead … 3,550 foot drop in elevation,.  Somewhat steeper and rougher than the Valley Way Trail, we will have excellent views into the Kings Ravine along the crest of the Durant Ridge.  This will conclude our two days of exploring the Northern Presidential Mountains.



Crawford Notch


Pemigewasset Wilderness

Mt Liberty 4,459′

Mt Flume 4,328′


Mt. Liberty is the easiest of Franconia Ridge peaks to summit if taken via the Whitehorse Trail-Liberty Spring Trail-Franconia Ridge Trail.  It is a steady and moderate but completely a Class 1 hike, (Class 1 hike involves a well established trail, no route finding skills needed, with elevation gain).

Our hike begins from the parking lot found just up the road from the Flume Visitor Center in Franconia Notch.  Taking the Whitehouse Trail for a short distance over a couple rolling hills to where it connects with the bike path we will cross a bridge and come to the Liberty Springs trailhead.  The Liberty Springs Trail, which is also part of the Appalachian Trail, offers a challenging ascend, presenting  a steep and continuous rock staircase climb for nearly two miles with a reward at the end well worth the effort.

When we reach the Liberty Springs AT Shelter, we will replenish our water bottles before moving on to the Franconia Ridge Trail.  Mt. Liberty (4,459 feet) bears a sharp, ledgy peak with excellent views of the surrounding area, including nearby Franconia Ridge, the Pemigewasset Wilderness and Mt Flume which presents a hiking distance of 1.2 miles between the two.  

The summit of Flume is narrow and rocky but a good place for a rest, with nice views back to Mt Liberty.  Descending, the trail goes south along the ridge, then drops steeply down the Osseo Trail. There are some impressive ladders on the top sections,  eventually following old logging railroad grades for several sections until hitting the Wilderness Trail, a straight flat route out. A short while later we will be at the suspension bridge that crosses the Pemigewasset River at the trailhead thus ending at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center parking area.  This hike has our cars parked in two different locations.

This spectacular day hike is 10.7 miles with a book time of 7.15 hours.


Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Check-in . 09-08-2018 . 3:00pm

Check-out . 09-15-2018 . 10:00am

This simple, quaint, fully supplied, spotlessly clean, New Hampshire country home will have everything you need. Private spring-fed pond on 24-acre property incredible for swimming in summer. Close to all amenities (food markets in town, larger stores 20 minutes away in Littleton).

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7 
  • Bedroom 1 – 1 king (2 women will share the bed if need be)
    Bedroom 2 – 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 – toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 – toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub, Second floor 
This house is supplied with internet, washer & dryer, fireplace, private pond with boat, heating and air, hair dryers, iron & board, full kitchen, TV, towels & linens, parking. 




 Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail


Registration Expectations

Included & Not Included with your reservation 

Your week adventure includes the following…

  • Professional Guides
  • Lodging ~ in a private home (with the exception of Monday night)
  • One Night Backcountry Lodging at Madison Spring Hut
  • Monday evening dinner at Madison Spring Hut
  • Tuesday morning breakfast at Madison Spring Hut
  • Parking passes & permits
Your week adventure does not include the following…
  • Transportation 
  • Madison Spring Hut overnight gear 
  • 10 Essentials for day-hiking gear (required for each hike)
  • Food or preparation of (with the exception of the Madison Spring Hut dinner & breakfast)
  • Extra excursions (ex. kayaking, yoga class, etc) on a non-hiking day
  • Optional guide appreciation gratuity 

Refund Policy

A Time To Keep reserves the right to cancel trips.  A Time To Keep is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, car rentals, medical expenses, etc.).

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a $100 per person administrative fee.
  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost.
  • Less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.


Cost for this full week of adventure in the White Mountains…


To secure a reservation…contact Yvonne Entingh


Hike Safe Card 

Search & rescue is costly…I highly recommend The Hike Safe Card which can be purchased through the site given below.  

The cost is $25.00pp


Application & Medical Form

Getting the Most Out of Your Adventure Form

Upon registration, please read, fill out and return the following 2 forms to…




As your hike leader, Yvonne will assure everyone’s safety and comfort as her main priority.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR & AED.

Yvonne Entingh

Lead Guide

Adventure and exploring, safety and awareness are Varsi’s key components that she brings to our women courses.  Varsi is certified  in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED.

Varsi Shanley



All hikes, trails, duration, difficulty, schedule, backpacking, itinerary and such is subject to change due to unforeseen weather, situations or mishaps.  Flexibility is important…

We will add or adjust the schedule based on the above if necessary.