What are Hut-to-Hut Hiking Adventures
Imagine traversing tree-lined mountain trails with breathtaking views that take you on multi-day adventures ending with gourmet meals served in a variety of lodge settings. If the idea appeals to you, it’s time to start looking into booking a hut-to-hut hiking adventure for your next girls’ getaway or romantic adventure. Good news! You don’t have to go overseas to find one. Hut-to-hut hiking in the U.S. is more popular than ever, and epic treks that take hikers to remote lodges nestled in wildlands are easily found from coast to coast!
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway that gives you the opportunity to bond with your partner and have next-level sex in the great outdoors or you’re putting together a bonding experience for you and your besties the hut-to-hut USA hiking systems and other hut-to-hut trips provide a variety of experiences. Many include meals, bedding, and the basics with your stay so packing stays light and easy.
The following are 10 hut-to-hut hikes in the USA that every empowered woman should experience.
8 Hut-to-Hut Hikes You’ll Love
Hut-to-Hut Hike The White Mountains of New Hampshire:
With over 70 miles of hiking and ski trails that take visitors through Maine Woods, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system offers badass ladies plenty of opportunity to commune with nature. There are eight huts that offer travelers food, lodging, and a wide variety of activities. The Accommodations are off-grid and include coed bunkrooms with separate washrooms and toilets. They do not have electricity or hot running water.
This hut-to-hut hiking USA system operates on a two-season rotation consisting of the full-service season and the self-service season. During the full-service season, guests enjoy dinner and breakfast during their stay. Meals are served family-style and include fresh bread, soup, salad, an entrée, and dessert. Child-friendly meal options are accommodated with advance notice. Travelers must pack their own food in during the self-service season.
Each hut offers its own unique access to the natural surroundings, wildlife sightseeing, and mountain views. Stunning hikes are available in abundance, but there are plenty of additional activities to enjoy on your girlfriend’s getaway. Attend a women’s adventure program. They offer a variety of outdoor skills and adventure programs led by women before women. And, depending on the season—hike, bike, snowshoe or ski your day away.
Details and Reservations: www.outdoors.org
Experience Yosemite National Park’s Hut-to-Hut Adventure
Take in California’s stunning waterfalls, pristine lakes, and breathtaking mountain views at Yosemite High Sierra Camps for a next-level hut-to-hut hiking U.S.A. adventure. Comprised of five high-country sites accessible by foot or mule and tucked into the wilderness approximately six to ten miles apart from one another, you have a variety of settings to choose from—each uniquely beautiful and different from the other. The camps are made up of a grouping of cabins that house travelers for the duration of their stay. A warm breakfast and dinner is served daily (special diets are accommodated with advanced notice). Lunches are available for purchase as well.
All camps have clean drinking water, a wood stove for heat, and washroom and restroom facilities. And these digs are electricity-free but there are complimentary candles for light when needed.
As you can imagine, there’s plenty for everyone in your and your girlfriend’s getaway crew to do during their stay. Get ready for afternoons packed with fishing, swimming, and wildflower walk. If you are interested in setting up some structured fun, you can sign your tribe up for guided hikes or mule rides. Time spent taking in the wonders of Yosemite with your favorite people guarantees plenty of bonding and lots of memory-making on this hut-to-hut hike adventure.
Note: Reservations are done through a lottery system so this trip requires planning to be done well in advance.
Details and Reservations: travelyosemite.com/lodging/high-sierra-camps
Discover the Magic of Maine
Four stunning lodges along a scenic 80-mile trail system await your crew at Maine Huts & Trails. Each hut offers visitors access to unique outdoor experiences and activities, but all of them are off-the-grid eco-lodges that have spacious great rooms, comfy reading rooms, and—most exciting of all—hot showers, toilets, and heated bunkrooms. Now that’s luxury hut-style.
The Flagstaff Hut is of particular interest to women with small children, or who aren’t up for an intense trek. It’s just a 1.8-mile hike from the trailhead to the hut which is located on the east shore of Flagstaff Lake—perfect for cooling off in or a leisurely swim. It’s large and roomy with plenty of space inside when needed and guests have access to canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards for active play outside. You can fill your days with swimming, hiking, and paddling, or just kick back and listen to the loons while on this hut-to-hut hike.
Wherever you choose to stay for your hut-to-hut hiking U.S. girlfriend’s or romantic getaway, be prepared to enjoy impressive back-country cuisine served at every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the full-service season, and breakfast and lunch during the off-season). Each dish is made from food gathered from local farms and sustainably raised meat. Your little foodies are sure to love the eats like cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and sloppy Joes. And mom and dad can relax and enjoy a local microbrew or a glass of wine.
Details and Reservations: mainehuts.org
Get Rugged With 10th Mountain Division Huts in Colorado
Colorado is known for its rugged beauty and adventurous women can brave the wild without worry with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s hut system. With 34 backcountry huts nestled in the Rocky Mountains and connected by 350 trails, you can choose your adventure based on skill level and location.
If you have children, there are huts you can drive right up to with all of your gear—no hiking in. Consider Shrine Mountain Inn and Peter Estin Hut. Both have hiking options that you can take to hike to summits with amazing views. Shrine Mountain Inn consists of three separate cabins with hot and cold running water, flush toilets, showers and baths, and kitchens and there is even a shared sauna for visitors to enjoy.
If you want to make sure that you get the most out of your time in nature, consider investing in the services provided by one of the area’s local guides. They can make sure you see the most magnificent sites, gain knowledge of the area and its natural inhabitants, and that you take the trails best suited for you and your girlfriends. With so many options, this is a vacation that can be revisited year after year after year.
Details and reservations: huts.org
Take in Mt. Rainier’s Majesty
The Mt. Rainier area is home to an abundance of wildlife and majestic landscapes, and the Mt. Tahoma Trails Association is determined to give your crew an opportunity to experience it all. With three huts and one yurt that offer visitors access to unmatched panoramic views, your family has the opportunity to sit in stunned awe as you take in all the area has to offer from 4,760 feet up in the air. Offering 20 miles of trail to explore this system is the largest fee-free option in North America.
If you have kids in tow or new hikers in your hut-to-hut hiking USA adventure crew, Copper Creek Hut is the perfect destination. Access to the hut is beginner-friendly as are the nearby trails, and with Copper Creek nearby there’s plenty to captivate nature lovers. If your troop consists of more able-bodied hikers (7 and up), the hike to High Hut and Snow Bowl requires hikers to conquer a strong incline but the payoff is big with sweeping, unforgettable views of Mt. Rainer, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens.
The Mt. Tahoma Hut system is completely maintained by volunteers and the accommodations are impressive. These beautifully built lodges and yurt come with fully stocked kitchens, bunk beds, propane fireplaces for heat, and bathroom facilities. If you are looking for an affordable adventure, reserving one of these huts for your girlfriend’s getaway is just $15 per person!
Details and Reservations: skimtta.org
Explore Idaho’s Sun Valley Mountain Huts
The Sun Valley hut-to-hut experience requires skis or bikes at the very least. It is a prime backcountry ski destination that operates six huts during the winter and only two during the summer. There’s an extensive mountain bike trail system from the Coyote Yurt (from $200 a night), which is accessible via a six-mile trail. The Pioneer Yurt houses 16 people and can be reached via a 3.5-mile hike, has a propane stove, bunk beds with sleeping pads, and a wood-fired sauna, plus access to the area’s tallest summit, 12,009-foot Hyndman Peak. You and your girlfriends can plan this trip on your own or choose a guided, catered trip, where meals include high-end dishes that will have you eating like a queen.
San Juan Huts, in southwest Colorado
San Jan Huts is based in Ridgway, Colorado and they are perfect for having a mountain bike trip, ski tour, or hiking adventure. The San Juan Huts in Colorado are one of our nation’s original all-season hut systems, with four hike-to huts along the Sneffels Traverse from Telluride to Ouray. Huts are less than ten miles apart, though plan your trip well as it will be a self-supported adventure.
Traverse Wallowa Mountains Huts in Oregon
If you love Oregon as much as I do, the ruggedly gorgeous Wallowa Mountains are home to a spectacular hut-to-hut hike vacation. Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains are known as America’s “Little Switzerland” for their jagged alpine terrain, and Wallowa Alpine Huts manages several shelters throughout the range. They offer four-day long-weekender trips or five-day mid-weeker trips for individuals looking for unmatched hut-to-hut experiences. You will have large cozy yurts perfect for a romantic rondevous and delicious food provided for you. At the end of the day, you and your crew can enjoy the sauna and dry Wallowa powder all to yourself.
If that doesn’t convince you, the camp details will. Their McCully Basin camp is at 7500ft elevation and sits 1.5 miles inside the northeastern Eagle Cap Wilderness Area. Their Wing Ridge camp sits at 7300 ft, which is an easy climb from our highest trailhead, Salt Creek Summit 6400ft. Big Sheep is behind Wing Ridge. Finally, their Norway camp sits at 7000 ft on the southwestern edge of the Wilderness Area.