592 State Route 2, Shelburne, New Hampshire 03581, United States

(603) 466-5049

Rattle River Lodge

Located ON the Appalachian Trail and a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts.

Common Hostel Questions from Hikers

Hiker information to help in the White Mountains.


YES! We accept your mail-drops! Clearly label the side of your box with your last name in nice big letters and your ETA. This is free whey you stay with us. Otherwise it's $5.00 a box handling fee. Mailing address: 592 US2 Shelburne, NH 03581 Please label the side of the box in large letters with your last name and ETA.


YES! You can park your vehicle with us. While you stay it's free. We do have limited parking, $5 day if you are not staying with us. Payment will be collected on first day. Otherwise the Rattle River Trail head has parking 1/4 mile  East on U.S. 2

THRU HIKER RATES AND WHAT TO EXPECT: $37.00 First night (return visits $35.00) will include resupply shuttle to Wall-mart (16 mile round trip), We stop at Vashaw's Variety to create your own craft beer six pack. Pinkam Notch Pick up and drop off, morning post office/Sport Center/gas station (gear) shuttle. All you can eat pancake breakfast and coffee. Gluten free oatmeal available. Our oak bunk beds have comfortable mattresses, clean linens, 2 pillows. We cut and and stack firewood for your enjoyment in our campfire pit in the back yard with a nice deep pond filled with that good clean mountain water. The entire property has solid fiber internet (Currently up to 100MB Upload and 100MB Download) and Wi-Fi that handles very well during peak times. almost forgot to mention outstanding customer service! We are here to serve you because we adore our hikers because we are hikers! We love this life.  We work hard to keep this place clean, comfortable, safe, and welcoming. We give you what we can plus we are continually improving and updating to make it better for future hikers. 



Pinkham Notch to Rattle River Hostel

  • This 21 mile slack pack will be one of the most challenging slack packs you will encounter on the Appalachian Trail. 
  • Be sure to have the essentials - headlamp, phone, maps, warm layers, water, food.
  • Text the hostel if you run into problems 715-557-1736
  • If you encounter a problem and need to get off trail. There is the 19 Mile Brook Trail, Stoney Brook Trail, IMP trails will get you back to HWY 16. These are relatively easy outs.
  • We suggest for safety if you feel it’s too challenging to do this hike over 1 or 2 nights.  We will hold whatever items you don’t want to bring. Put them in a bag, put your name on it, and hand it to staff member. 
    • Option 1: Hike to Carter Hut, stay the night. Hike to IMP shelter, stay the night. Hike back to Rattle River Hostel on 3rd day.
    • Option 2: Hike 13 miles to Camp Imp stay the night. Hike back to Rattle River Hostel

Mount Washington Slack Pack (SOBO)

  • This is recommended if you are having extreme difficulty with your knees.  Mount Madison can be brutal on them when you descend it with a full pack.
  • At the top of Mt. Washington shuttles for $30.00 will take you up and down the mountain.  The Auto Road shuttle will take you back down to the base. You call us from the base and we will pick you up ($5). The next day with the same shuttle ticket the Auto Road will take you back to the summit of Mt. Washington. 

Other Slackpacking Options

  • Human Nature Hostel, Rangely
  • Dining room common space for hikers to share their White Mountain adventures.  common space for hikers to share their White Mountain adventures. ostel
  • Hikers Welcome Hostel
    • 10 mile hike over Mt. Moosilauke, from Glencliff to Beaver Brook Trailhead
    • 16-mile hike over the Kinsman Range, from Beaver Brook to Flume Visitor Center, or Liberty Springs Trailhead to Beaver Brook
    • Free Scheduled shuttles with 2nd nights stay
      • Nobo - Free drop off at 7:30 am Beaver Brook, pick up at 5:30PM at Flume Visitor Center
      • SoBo - Free drop off at 7:45am Liberty Spring Trailhead, Pick up at 5:50pm Beaver Brook
  • Rattle River Lodge and Hostel 
    • 21- mile hike over Carter Moriah Range, from Pinkham Notch back to the hostel
    • Free with second night stay
  • Field Stone Cottages (Formerly The Farmhouse, Rangely offers 4 slack packs They also own the Stratton Motel.
  • Pine Ellis Hostel, Andover, ME (Pick up at Grafton Notch)


To request pick up: If on trail call us at 603-466-5049. 

Shuttle sign up board located in the pack room.  Shuttles depart on these times please sign up prior and be waiting front of pack room.

These shuttle run every weekday, June 1 - October 15th

FREE Pinkam Notch Drop Off

Depart 7:00 AM Arrive 7:50 AM

FREE Walmart Resupply Shuttle

Depart Hostel at 2:PM Pick up at Walmart 3:30 Depart Hostel 6:PM Pickup at Walmart 7:15 PM

(If you went to town at noon we do pick ups at the Gorham Hardware & Sports Center at 2;10 PM and bring guests to Wall-mart.)

FREE Gas Station/Post Office Run/Outfitter

8:30 AM

NOBO Slackpack (FREE with 2nd night)

Depart 7:00 AM

21 Miles, takes 7-12 hours, hike back to hostel from Pinkam Notch. *This is the most difficult slack pack on the Appalachian Trail. 10-12 hours is the average time. Not for the light hearted. 

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center

($5 PP  Noon and 5PM), FREE Pickup at 8AM

(unscheduled pickup $20.00)

If we do not just show up, please call from visitor center to inform us of pick up.

Town Shuttle/Chinese Buffet $2

Depart Noon Pick Up 2:30 PM

Pick up location Gorham Hardware and Sports Center.

Vashaw’s Variety has a nice selection of beer and make your own 6 packs!

Shuttle Services 

please call to book

19 Mile Brook Trail:   $15

Andover, ME:   $80

Appalachia:    $30

Austin Brook Trail:   $5

Caratunk, ME:   $250

*Carlo Col:   $140

Crawford Notch:  $80

East B Hill, ME:  $100

Franconia Notch:  $100

Grafton Notch:  $80

*Goose Eye 140

Mahoosic Trail:  $90

ME 17:    $130

ME 27:    $200

Millinocket, ME:  $450

Monson, ME:   $300

*Notch Trail:   $140

*Old Spec Trail:  $130

Pinkham Notch:   $20

Portland, ME Airport:  $300

Rangeley, ME:  $200

South Arm:   $100

Stony Brook Trail:   $15

Stratton, ME:   $210

*Success Pond Trail:   $150

The Notch Hostel:  $100

The Rattle River Trailhead $1,000,000 or walk 1/4 mile West of the Rattle River Trail Head to Rattle River Hostel. The Appalachian Trail passes in front of the hostel at the intersection of US.2 and North Road

* is considered difficult road, with wash outs, extra charge included because of difficulty.

Prices are per vehicle load with a maximum of 3 riders on distance shuttles.  Groups of 4 our more please add additional $20.00 per person. 

Anything not listed is $2 mile one way from the hostel. 592 State Route 2, Shelburne.NH 03581


Businesses that support hikers!

  1. Mr. Pizza, 603-466-5573, www.mrpizzanh.com, Sunday - Thursday 11AM-11PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-Midnight, delivery available until 10PM.
  2. Gorham Hardware & Sports Center, 603-466-9900. Open Mon-Friday 8AM-5PM, Sat. 8AM-4PM, Sun 8AM-1PM 
  3. SAALT PUB, SAaLT Wednesday - Sunday starting at 5pm Reserve Libby's 603-466-5330 Friday and Saturday starting @ 5:00
  4. Nonna’s Kitchen, Homemade Italian Food, 19 Exchange Street, Gorham, 603-915-9203. Open May-October, Wed-Sun 4PM-9PM
  5. Dynasty Buffet, 310 Main Street Gorham, 603-466-9888, Mon-Thur 11AM-9PM, Fri/Sat, 11 AM-930 PM, Sunday 11AM-9PM
  6. Post Office, 165 Main St., Gorham, NH 03581-9998, 830AM-5PM
  7. J’s Corner Restaurant and Lounge, 603-466-5132, 277 Main Street, Gorham, Sun-Thurs. 11AM-9PM, Fri & Saturday 11AM-10PM
  8. Vashaw’s Variety, Mon - Fri 530-9PM, Sat, 6AM-9PM, Sun 7AM-9PM,(CRAFT BEER MAKE YOUR OWN SIX PACKS!) 302 Main Street, Gorham, 603-466-5008
  9. North Country Dental, Mon-Friday, 22 Exchange Street, Gorham, 603-466-5015, 830-5PM
  10. Walmart, 561 Main Street, Gorham, NH 6AM-10PM, MON-SUN



Dining room common space for hikers to share their White Mountain adventures.

Dining room common space for hikers to share their White Mountain adventures.

Shuttle Services

Hostels that offer additional paid shuttles

Local Shuttle Services

Rattle River Lodge and Hostel- Private Shuttles

  • Distance: Varies depends on availability 
  • Rates: on average $2.00 a mile
  • Hours: based on availability 
  • Capacity: 4 or 10 
  • Reservations make it easier but not always necessary

Notch Hostel - 603-348-1483 - www.notchhostel.com North Woodstock/Lincoln - Private shuttles

  • Distances: Varies depends on availability
  • Rates: on average $2.00 a mile
  • Hours: based on availability
  • Capacity: 4, groups of 5-7 have separate pricing

Shuttle Connection- Lincoln, NH. For reservations: (603) 348-7422 for driver/pick up: (603) 745-3140. Info@theshuttleconnection.com

  • Distances- If looking for a longer shuttle run you MUST arrange for it in advance.
  • Rates: In Town $6 each/person, Liberty Spring $10/person, Lafayette Campground $25. Don’t have set mileage price call reservation number to get prices
  • Crawford Notch - Call reservation number (603-348-7422) to set up
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 6:30-12. Fri - Sat 6:30am -2AM
  • Capacity:
  • Pets:
  • Reservation Needed: For long distances, example Lincoln to Crawford Notch

Notch Taxi Service: Littleton, NH (603) 991-8777 www.notchtaxiservice.com

  • Distances: Service between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch and to/from Manchester, NH airport. Daily Operation
  • Rates: In area - Lincoln, Crawford (free pick up) $2.50/mile
  • Out of area: Pinkam Notch (Pick-up $25) $2.50/mile
  • Hours: 5am-11PM (Reservations allow flexibility in hours)
  • Capacity: up to 6
  • Pets
  • Reservations needed

Mountain Courier Shuttle: 207-329-6433

Apex Airport and Transportation Services: (603) 252-8294

  • Distances: To or from Hanover area - has shuttles as far as baxter
  • Rates: Set rates for trailheads in hanover area
  • Hours: 8am -5pm
  • Capacity:Max 4
  • Pets: Yes
  • Reservation needed: 1 day advance

Trail Angels Hiker Services: 603-252-8294

  • Distances: Based out of Berlin, NH, will travel to Baxter
  • Hours: 7am - 8PM, call hours are 7am - 6pm
  • Capacity: 6
  • Pets: Yes
  • Reservation needed: At least a week (or preferably two) notice in July/Aug/Sept and a few days the rest of the month. Cancellation police is 7 days prior to pick up

Bruce, Gorham, NH (504)-615-9497

  • Distances: Far as Baxter, airport, trail heads
  • Rates: He has suggested rates, but he is the cheapest around.
  • Hours: 7AM to 8PM
  • Capacity: 
  • Pets: Yes
  • Reservation: Yes (Note usually shows up early)

Pine Ellis Lodge (207-392-4161) 20 Pine St, Andover, ME 

  • Distances: As far as the airport, trail heads, resupply
  • Hours: 7AM - 8PM
  • Capacity: Call 
  • Pets: Call
  • Reservation Needed: Yes

Field Stone Cottages (207) 864-3113, 2342, Main Street, Rangely ME 04970

  • Distances: up to Baxter and airport, trail heads
  • Hours: 8-8
  • Capacity: 6-7
  • Pets: Case by case basis
  • Reservations Needed: Yes

Rattle River Hostel overs shuttles all over the White Mountains.

Rattle River Hostel overs shuttles all over the White Mountains.