The Appalachian Mountain Club (617 523 0655, outdoors.org) operates eight delightfully remote mountain huts in New Hampshire along a 56-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail, each about a day’s hike apart. Generally offering full service in season (June to mid-Oct, exceptions noted here), including mixed bunkrooms (blankets but no sheets), toilets, cold water and two hot meals per day for $106–141, they are a fairly popular choice – reservations are required (call 603 466 2727). Carter Notch, Lonesome Lake and Zealand Falls huts are open out of season (without heat, running water or food) for $30.

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