Pre-hike: We tent-camped at Dolly Copp Campground near the small town of Gorham, NH. The popular campground has basic sites with shared washrooms and sinks and can be pre-booked in advance through 'reserve america'. Be warned there are no showers at this campground. We packed day packs for the hike with a small sleeping bag and change of clothes for the hut.
Day 1 - Valley Way Appalachia (1306 ft) to Lake of the Clouds Hut: We parked our car at a popular trailhead called Valley Way Appalachia. We hiked up 4000' up the beautiful Valley Way Trail up to the main ridge. Just before we got there we saw the sign below. The winds on this ridge had the highest recorded winds in the world at one point at 372km/hr. Serious terrain.