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Hut to Hut Hiking USA

Diverse multi-day hiking tours in the USA

Hut-to-Hut & Inn-to-Inn Hiking Tours in the USA

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A sunrise over the White Mountains
New Hampshire's White Mountains ablaze with autumn foliage.  Franconia Notch
Mount Washington summit aerial view in summer, including the observatory, New Hampshire, USA.
Franconia ridge New Hampshire
Mount Lafayette, New Hampshire, USA
Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams in the White mountains at fall
Hikers trekking along Franconia mountain ridge traverse, with a beautiful landscape background and blue sky. Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, New Hampshire, USA
Teenage girl hiking on a beautiful mountain
Hiking along the Lonesome Lake trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on a smoldering hot day.
Large, rocky mountains in the sky above a dense and lush forest. These are mountains in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mt Adams, Mt Madison and Mt Washington.
A view on the way up to the summit of Mt. Washington in Gorham, NH.
9 days / 8 nights
New Hampshire
Explore the White Mountains' heart on the highlight section of the Appalachian Trail, with breathtaking vistas and unique hut-to-hut accommodations.
From: 1,790$/person
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Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco, California
Aerial view of Marin Headlands and Golden Gate bay at sunset
Stinson Beach, Marin County, California, USA. Stinson beach is located North of San Francisco, Near Pt Reyes National Seashore.
Low Fog in Mount Tamalpais state park at sunset
sausalito beautiful town near san francisco bay
trails wind among the trees, towering old-growth redwood trees,  Mount Tamalpais at State Park, part of California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, north of San Francisco.
Path to the Pacific
San Francisco Cable Cars on California Street at sunrise, California, USA
Spectacular aerial view of San Francisco Bay area from the Verna Dunshee Trail at Mount Tamalpais
Early morning low fog at Golden Gate Bridge
Floating homes of Sausalito, San Francisco
Dipsea Trail
Beautiful scenic sunset view over Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco, California, USA
7 days / 6 nights
Embark on a captivating journey from the heart of San Francisco to its serene coastal outskirts, complete with cozy accommodations and gourmet experiences.
From: 1,990$/person
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Fall foliage on Mount Madison in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. View from Dome Rock.
Autumn view from Mount Willard in the White Mountain National Forest - Crawford Notch Road
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Mount Washington summit aerial view in summer, including the observatory, New Hampshire, USA.
Blue Ridge Parkway summer Appalachian Mountains Sunset
Madison Spring Hut
Large, rocky mountains in the sky above a dense and lush forest. These are mountains in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mt Adams, Mt Madison and Mt Washington.
White Mountains - Cairn - New Hampshire - Mt Adams
Mount Eisenhower NH
4 days / 3 nights
New Hampshire
Tackle the entire Presidential Traverse, a journey of peaks and panoramas, where every step ascends into the legends of the White Mountains.
From: 650$/person
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tenaya lake
Waterfall in Yosemite National Park, Glen Aulin Trail, California
Lembert Dome reflected on Tuolumne River at sunset, Yosemite National Park, California
Light in the Forest, Yosemite National Park, California
Tuolumne meadows
Tuolomne River Rushes Over Steps Of Granite In Yosemite
Young woman near Tenaya Lake in Tuolumne meadows, CA, USA
Cascade Drops Into A Wide Pool Just Below Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
Lake May, Yosemite, CA
6 days / 5 nights
Explore Yosemite National Park's majestic High Sierra Camps through a hut-to-hut journey that takes you on a loop from the lush Tuolumne Meadows.
From: 1,170$/person
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Sunset view of the Pacific Ocean rugged coastline, Santa Cruz, California; Santa Cruz surfing museum in the background
Beach & Building on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, USA
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, USA - JULY 3, 2019: Manresa Uplands State Beach
Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California at sunset
Scenic Monterey coast, beautiful California coastline, Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, USA
Sunset image of Moss Landing Harbor and natural gas power plant, with harbor seals and seagulls on a protected beach,
Sunset from Marina Dunes Park
sunset over the sea
Monterey Aerial Shots
6 days / 5 nights
Journey light and comfortably from Santa Cruz to Monterey, traversing serene beaches and wildlife-rich trails, complemented by cozy seaside stays each night.
From: 1,380$/person
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Aerial view of the upper Rogue River in Southern Oregon
defocused Water level view of Hellgate Canyon on the wild and scenic Rogue River
Rafting on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon
Rogue River area hike
The Cave formed by the Rogue River
Or-Rogue River Wilderness-Rogue River Trail-Mule Creek Canyon
Rogue River wilderness area
Rogue River gorge. South Oregon
4 days / 3 nights
Journey along Oregon's Rogue River Trail for a unique adventure: historic trails, untouched wilderness, raft transfers, and serene lodge evenings await.
From: 1,890$/person
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Ocean Beach San Francisco California
Point Montara Lighthouse, near CA Route 1
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco beach
Montara, California and Montara State Beach
Resort on top of eroded cliffs and sandy beach, Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay, California
Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco, California
A wave breaking on a beach in central California.
6 days / 5 nights
From Half Moon Bay's tranquil beaches to the vibrant heart of San Francisco, embark on a scenic hike offering cozy stays, coastal beauty, and the city's charm.
From: 1,690$/person
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About Hut to Hut Hiking USA

The United States boasts a vast and varied landscape, offering some of the most stunning and diverse hiking areas in the world.

From the rugged Presidential Peaks in New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the awe-inspiring vistas of Yosemite National Park and the dramatic coastlines of Northern California, we cover the USA’s best hiking areas.

Inspired by the European tradition of hiking, Hut to Hut Hiking USA aims to introduce this style of adventure in the United States. We focus on creating accessible paths that connect serviced huts and inns, catering to a wide range of hikers, including those who may shy away from traditional backpacking.

We specialize in two unique types of hiking adventures:

Our hut-to-hut hikes cater to those seeking a rugged and authentic wilderness experience. These trails often traverse expansive, remote areas, offering accommodations in basic huts that promise simplicity and a deep connection with nature.

On the other hand, our inn-to-in hikes are designed for those who prefer a less physically demanding journey without sacrificing the beauty of the American outdoors. These hikes navigate more populated areas, with nightly stays in comfortable hotels or B&Bs offering a perfect blend of adventure and comfort.

Our company prides itself on a personalized approach to hiking adventures. Each traveler receives a personalized travel booklet filled with essential information, GPS navigation for easy trail finding, and the peace of mind that comes with our 24/7 support.

We take care of all accommodation bookings, from rustic huts to cozy inns, and address logistical challenges such as luggage transfers whenever possible, allowing our hikers to focus solely on the experience.

A Comprehensive Guide to Hut-to-Hut and Inn-to-Inn Hiking

Welcome to a fresh perspective on hiking in the United States. If you’re exploring options for your next outdoor adventure, you may be familiar with the traditional images of backpacking across expansive national parks and rugged landscapes.

Hiker hiking looking at waterfall in Yosemite park
Backpacking in the USA

However, there’s a different approach to hiking, one that offers a unique blend of adventure and comfort, solitude and connection. This guide introduces you to the European hiking styles — hut to hut and inn to inn — adapted for the rich and varied terrains of the U.S.

Thru-hiking / Backpacking vs. Hut-to-Hut / Inn-to-Inn Hiking

Hiking in the United States has traditionally been synonymous with backpacking or thru-hiking, where adventurers carry all their necessities on their backs, setting up camp in tents or shelters along the way.

This form of exploration, while rewarding, demands a significant degree of self-sufficiency and comfort with remote, often rugged conditions.

A backcountry tent among alpine meadow wildflowers at Goat Rocks Wilderness Area
A backcountry tent – typical for backpacking across the USA

Examples of backpacking or thru-hiking in the American style, which emphasizes complete self-sufficiency, include the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the John Muir Trail. The Sneffels Traverse, with its self-catered lodges, also aligns with this approach.

In contrast, a style of hiking popular in Europe offers a different kind of journey – one that treads the line between adventure and comfort, solitude and community.

Couple in Dolomites. Rifugio Lavaredo with Cadini di Misurina mountain group in background. Italy
An example of a typical European hut in the Dolomites that is usually used when hut-to-hut hiking

This approach, known as hut-to-hut or inn-to-inn hiking, is built around the idea of walking from one catered lodging to the next. Unlike the American perception of huts as basic, uncatered shelters, the European model typically involves fully serviced huts.

Here, hikers are greeted with a warm meal and a bed for the night – amenities that provide a welcome respite after a day’s trek. While a sleeping bag might still be necessary, the focus is on minimizing the load carried by hikers, allowing for a more leisurely exploration of the trails.

Hut-to-Hut Hiking vs. Inn-to-Inn Hiking

Hut-to-hut hiking ventures into the wilderness, connecting remote huts that offer basic but crucial services, far from the nearest road. It’s an experience that immerses hikers in nature, away from the trappings of modern life, yet provides a level of care and comfort not typically associated with backcountry hiking.

wooden pier of Sausalito near San Francisco,CA
Inn-to-inn hiking normally offers more comfort than hut-to-hut hiking

On the other end of the spectrum, inn-to-inn hiking is designed for those seeking an even more comfortable experience. This hiking style is less physically and technically demanding, connecting towns and villages through trails that lead to hotels or B&Bs each night.

It’s an ideal choice for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the landscape without the full rigor of backcountry hiking, blending outdoor adventure with the comfort of a well-made bed and a hot shower at the end of the day.

4 Best Hut-to-Hut Hiking Areas in the USA

1. White Mountains, New Hampshire

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, hikers can traverse the majestic Presidential Peaks, finding refuge in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s strategically placed huts, which offer a blend of comfort and camaraderie in the heart of the wilderness.

Teenage girl hiking on a beautiful mountain
Hiking in the White Mountains

2. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park in California invites adventurers to explore its towering mountains and serene valleys, with the High Sierra Camps providing a network of high-mountain camps that serve as serene stopovers amidst the park’s breathtaking landscapes.

Young woman near Tenaya Lake in Tuolumne meadows, CA, USA
Yosemite National Park is a place of many treasures

3. Sneffels Mountain Range, Colorado

The Sneffels Mountain Range in Colorado offers a route for the more adventurous types, featuring a self-sufficient hike through rugged terrain, with self-catered small lodges offering a modest respite from the elements.

Mount Sneffels In Autumn
Mount Sneffels in autumn colors

4. Bigelow Preserve, Maine

Nestled in the expanse of Bigelow Preserve in Maine, hikers can discover a series of Maine huts that follow the European tradition, offering a cozy retreat and a touch of hospitality amid the natural beauty of the preserve.

Autumn at Jones Pond - Carrabassett Valley - Maine - Bigelow Preserve Peak
An array of colors in Bigelow Preserve

4 Best Inn-to-Inn Hiking Areas in the USA

1. Monterey Bay, California

Along the scenic coast of Monterey Bay, hikers are treated to breathtaking waterfront trails and expansive sandy beaches, with a rich array of wildlife complemented by cozy inns.

California beach
Monterey Bay offers miles of unspoiled beaches

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco serves as a gateway to astonishing landscapes, offering an escape from the bustling cityscape into serene coastal towns, state parks, and beaches known for their surfing traditions, capturing the spirit of Northern California.

Beautiful scenic sunset view over Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco, California, USA
Stunning scenery just a stone’s throw away from San Francisco

3. Rogue River Canyon, Oregon

The Rogue River Canyon presents an untouched natural wonder, accessible only by foot or raft, where the serene trails of the Rogue River Trail unfold along the river’s course, lined with lodges that offer solace amidst the canyon’s grandeur.

Aerial view of the upper Rogue River in Southern Oregon
Rogue River and its unspoiled nature

4. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Around Estes Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park unfolds in a spectacle of mountains, meadows, and high mountain passes traversed by the Walter Tishma Way.

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake - A wide-angle autumn midday view of snow coated Maroon Bells reflecting in crystal clear Maroon Lake, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
The Rocky Mountains are a world of their own

Why this type of hiking?

By introducing these European hiking styles to the United States, we aim to offer an alternative that marries the beauty of America’s natural landscapes with the pleasure of comfortable, catered accommodations.

Whether drawn to the simplicity of hut-to-hut hiking or the ease and comfort of inn-to-in trails, there’s a path for every preference. Our mission is to make these memorable experiences accessible to all, regardless of one’s desire or ability to backpack in the traditional sense.

In embracing the European approach, we’re opening up a new way to explore the United States and inviting all hikers to discover a different pace of adventure.

USA – Trail Diversity

The United States’ vast landscapes offer varied hiking experiences, from the Rockies’ high-altitude trails to the unique wetlands of the Everglades.

However, the country’s diverse terrain and climate conditions mean that not all hut systems are accessible throughout the year, and some don’t align with the European model of hut-to-hut hiking, which often features catered amenities and more uniform access.

Adapting this style to the U.S. involves navigating these differences, ensuring hikers can enjoy the natural beauty across seasons and regions, with each area providing its distinct hiking adventure.


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