Gray Knob

The RMC's Gray Knob is nestled at 4,370 feet, just below the rocky outcropping on Nowell Ridge from where it receives its name. Gray Knob is located just below treeline, on the Gray Knob Trail, a few minutes walk east from Lowe's Path, and at the southern end of the Hincks Trail.

Originally built as a private cabin by Dr. E.Y. Hincks family in 1905, the original Gray Knob received many renovations over the course of its 84 year life. In 1989, the building was torn down, burned, and replaced with a new facility.

Gray Knob has a capacity of 15 persons. The building is tightly insulated, and a caretaker is in residence year-'round. In the evening, the caretaker collects fees, and visits the other RMC facilities. In the winter, the RMC caretaker maintains a woodstove which provides a limited amount of heat during the evening hours. The caretaker is in charge of the stove at all times. Even with the stove running, do not expect temperatures above 40 degrees inside the cabin.

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. The caretakers can accept cash and credit cards. Canadian money is not accepted at any of our facilities, please plan ahead and carry U.S. funds.

No reservations are accepted, and usage is on a first come, first-served basis. At times when Gray Knob is full, the RMC caretaker may ask some guests to relocate to another RMC facility.

Mattresses are available for use, though guests are encouraged to bring ensolite or thermarest pads.

Counter space and stove boards are provided for cooking. Guests are required to bring their own cooking stoves and utensils.

Water is available from a spring, approximately a quarter mile east on the Gray Knob Trail.

Because of the heavy use the area receives, and its proximity to treeline, Gray Knob is located within a Forest Protection Area. There is no camping permitted within a quarter mile of the cabin. Campers should be aware that, because of unsuitable terrain and vegetation, it will be necessary to travel more than one quarter mile to find a suitable camping location. To protect this fragile area from overuse, U.S. Forest Service backcountry patrollers routinely check the area for illegal camping. Please refer to the White Mountain National Forest Home Page for more information about Forest Protection Areas.

Please see the RMC's general guidelines for further information.

  New Overnight Fee Structure - Effective April 1, 2018  
  Members Non-Members  
  Gray Knob $15.00 $25.00  
  Crag Camp $15.00 $25.00  
  The Perch $8.00 $15.00  
  Log Cabin $8.00 $15.00  
  Day-Use at All Shelters Free Free  

Where is Gray Knob?


Gray Knob Stats

Year Built and Owner: 1905 by the Edward Hincks and Charles Stearns families
Average Number of Overnight Guests: 1165 (per year)
GPS Coordinates: N44.33272 W71.30957
Last Day of Original Building:
April 8, 1989 (burned April 15)
Dedication of the new Gray Knob:
August 29, 1989
Cost of Construction:
$63,806 (in 1989)
First Composting Toilet:
Overnight Guest Capacity:

Related Links

White Mountain National Forest Home Page
RMC Shelters: General Guidelines
Photo Gallery: RMC Shelters
Mountain Jobs: Caretaker
Meet the Staff: Current Caretaker
RMC Alumni: Previous Caretakers
Weather Conditions at Gray Knob