The good: Couldn't get over the friendliness of the staff. All are real outdoorsmen/women who know the area -- folks who have really skied Tuckerman's, but yet respect anyone who gets outdoors at any level. Be sure to hike the 2.4 miles up to see Tuckerman's Ravine; it is amazing. (You'll need snowshoes or krampons in the winter.) Spotlessly clean bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms. Great food, fun movies each night. Free coffee, tea any time. Various equipment demos; interesting shop with lots of outdoor gear.
The bad: The thin walls. A family with a small child arrived around 1:00 am and we could hear every word; the mountaineers across the hall were up at 5:15, and we heard them, too. Mattresses leave a bit to be desired but I still slept well (except for the noise). I would recommend bringing extra water if you are a big water drinker, as the water has a very unpleasant metallic taste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinkham Notch has been a hub for hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing on the Presidential Range of the White Mountains since the 1920s. With access to Tuckerman Ravine and the Wildcat Range just outside your door, Joe Dodge Lodge provides the perfect opportunity to tackle more challenging terrain while offering beginner hikers, climbers, and skiers a chance to practice their skills. The Lodge is located on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountain National Forest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Joe Dodge Hotel Gorham