Hermit Lake Shelters
There are 8 lean-to style shelters and 3 tent platforms administered by the AMC under a special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. A fee of $15 per person per night is charged. Reservations are not accepted; if you plan to stay in a shelter or on a tent platform, purchase a ticket from the front desk of the AMC visitor center before you head up to Hermit Lake. If you come from a place other than Pinkham Notch, you can purchase a ticket from the caretaker. The shelters are open year round and are available on a first come, first served basis. The caretaker frequently works a split shift, working in the morning and evening with the daytime free. If he or she is not there when you arrive, find a shelter or tent platform, settle in, and the caretaker will find you when he or she returns.
The shelter site has a hand-pump well for potable water, as well as a running stream where water can be obtained in the event the well is not functioning properly. Please disinfect stream water before drinking, and do not wash dishes or yourself in the stream. The shelter site also has bathroom facilities. In the winter and spring there are 4 outhouses, while summer and fall visitors have access to flushing toilets. Weather information is posted daily by the caretaker throughout the year. Avalanche and other safety information is posted during the winter and spring months. The caretakers also operate a small store that is open only when they are at their cabin (usually evenings and mornings only, but sometimes open all day.) Please note there is no heated indoor space at Hermit Lake Shelters. Plan appropriately and bring extra dry layers to stay warm!
While the facilities at Hermit Lake can accommodate up to 100 people, reservation are not accepted and it is common for the spaces to fill early on busy weekends. When the shelters are full, there are no other camping options in the area. If you arrive at Hermit Lake without a ticket and the shelters are full, you will have to go back down to Pinkham Notch and find another legal camping option, such as the USFS campground at Barnes Field. During busy times, advanced trip planning will be critical. Pets are not permitted overnight at the shelters. For more information contact AMC at (603) 466-2721 or the USFS Androscoggin Ranger Station at (603) 466-2713.