The Randolph Mountain Club maintains four shelters in the Northern Presidentials: Gray Knob, Crag Camp, The Log Cabin and The Perch.
All of our shelters are open year-'round. If you are planning on visiting an RMC shelter, please review the information on your intended destination, and please read our general guidelines. These resources should answer all your questions regarding RMC's facilities.
The camps are extremely busy on Washington's birthday, Victoria Day (Canadian holiday), Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day weekends. The US Forest Service tent platforms, off the Valley Way on Mount Madison, is another available option, when RMC shelters are likely to be busy. Reservations are not accepted at any of our shelters; usage is on a first-come, first-served basis.
If space is not available, be prepared to camp. In order to protect the areas around the shelters from overuse, the Forest Service has designated the area within a quarter mile of RMC shelters as Forest Protection Areas. There is no camping permitted within a Forest Protection Area.
The RMC relies on visitors to carry out their own trash and to help keep the cabins clean. RMC facilities are built on the White Mountain National Forest and operate under a special use permit, in partnership with the US Forest Service.
To support the caretakers' wages and to maintain the camps, fees are charged on a per person, per night basis. If a caretaker is absent, please mail fees to the Treasurer, c/o Randolph Mountain Club, P.O. Box 279, Gorham, NH, 03581. You can help the RMC keep its fees low by paying your fees and by becoming a member.
Overnight guests must have money with them to pay for their stay at Gray Knob, Crag Camp and/or The Perch. People without money will be directed to stay at The Log Cabin and still receive a receipt to mail in their fee for that facility.
PLEASE NOTE: Overnight guests are also required to register with the on-duty caretaker. The RMC will not sell or release your personal information. We collect the information for overnight usage analysis and to mail an RMC membership inquiry (to non-members).
Prospective visitors, especially during popular intermediate season weekends such as Memorial Day and Columbus Day, should remember that mountain weather conditions can be harsh (cold and snow) even when it is warm and pleasant in the low-lands.
For more information, please see the RMC general guidelines for our shelters, and review the information on each our facilities.
If you still have questions, you can e-mail the RMC Camps Chair. Please understand that RMC board members are volunteers, and there may be a delay in our answering your questions.
Legend: Busy (full on weekends), Moderate Use, Light Use, Empty Most Nights.