This past Friday, my husband and I took our oldest daughter on her first overnight trip in the backcountry. Before the trip, we bought her a backpack, an LED head lantern, and a pair of snazzy New Balance sneakers and we talked up the trip big time. She seemed beyond excited about her new adventure but still, as we set out on our journey, I was unsure if she was going to enjoy herself or if my husband and I were setting ourselves up for a mini-disaster.
Hiking and backpacking is something that my husband and I really enjoy and we want our children to learn to love the outdoors and appreciate the simple beauty of nature so that we can plan some fun, action-packed family vacations as they get older. A few destinations on our family vacation bucket list include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Denali.
We made reservations to stay at the Lonesome Lake Hut, one of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s High Hut’s located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The AMC is currently running a special where kids stay free until August 31st. The hike to the hut was relatively easy for the Whites but still required some technical footing and skill. Our 5-year-old rocked it! We were in awe as we watched her choose her steps carefully and tackle the trail better than many adults could. Once we arrived at the hut, we checked in with the Croo, settled into our bunks and enjoyed the view!
We hiked around the lake hoping to spot a moose but only saw chipmunks, birds and squirrels. I didn’t bring my daughter’s bathing suit and people were swimming so that was a bit of a downer but overall, the trip was a great success and hopefully planted a seed that will keep my daughter coming back for more outdoor fun. She did already ask if we can go back next year!
I would highly recommend this trip for kids aged 5 and older. The Lonesome Lake Croo was great and they had lots to do for the kids including a nature scavenger hunt and Junior Naturalist Program. Nestled 1.6 miles into the woods, the hut is fairly easy to get to unlike some of the other high huts that require treks over rocky, rugged terrain and huge elevation gains. This trip was not only a memorable family adventure, it was also a fun way for me to get in some cross-training!
There is still time to plan your adventure this summer! What are you waiting for?
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