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

603.466.5049 // info@rattleriverhostel.com

Rattle River Lodge

Located on the Appalachian Trail, we're
the spot for outdoor enthusiasts!

BOOK YOUR SHUTTLE HERE!

We have an 11 passenger van and a 4 passenger SUV. (Our shuttles may have limited availability due to demand and operate on a first come, first serve basis.)

Rattle River Lodge and Hostel

592 State Route 2, Shelburne, NH 03581, US

603.466.5049

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Shuttle Pricing and General Information

DAILY SHUTTLES (free for guests)

1. PINKHAM NOTCH / AMC VISITOR CENTER

Depart Hostel at 7:30 AM. Arrive at Pinkham Notch by 7:50 AM.

(Drop-offs at Stony Brook, Imp, Great Gulf, and 19 Mile Brook Trailheads available upon request.)


2. POST OFFICE / OUTFITTER

Depart Hostel at 8:30 AM.


3. TOWN SHUTTLE / RESTAURANTS / OUTFITTER / WALMART

Depart Hostel at 12:00 PM. Walmart pickup at 1:15 PM; town pickup at 1:30 PM.

(If you went into town on this shuttle, pickup returns are at Road Hawg BBQ Swine Dining at 1:30 PM.)

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


4. WALMART RESUPPLY

Depart Hostel at 5:00 PM. Pickup at Walmart 6:15 PM.


OTHER SHUTTLES

1. WILDCAT SLACKPACK (Pinkham Notch to Hostel)

Depart Hostel at 7:30 AM. Arrive at Pinkham Notch by 7:50 AM.

*The Wildcat Slackpack is a 21 mile section of the Appalachian Trail between Pinkham Notch and Rattle River Trailhead. It includes Carter Dome and Mount Moriah.

*This is one of the most challenging slack packs on the Appalachian Trail and hikers should expect a traverse of 7-12 hours.

*Free with stay; $20 otherwise.

*If you need to get off trail, use the 19 Mile Brook, Stoney Brook, or IMP trails. These trails lead to SR 16 and are relatively easy outs.

*For safety, if you think this slack pack presents too much of a challenge, then we suggest you attempt it over a period of 2 or 3 days:

  • Option 1 (2 days): Hike 13 miles to Imp campsite, stay the night. Hike back to Hostel on the 2nd day.
  • Option 2 (3 days): Hike to Carter Hut, stay the night. Hike to Imp campsite, stay the night. Hike back to Hostel on the 3rd day.


2. PINKHAM NOTCH / AMC VISTOR CENTER

*Pickup / drop off at 7:50 AM (scheduled), 12:00 PM (by request), 5:00 PM (by request). (These three times free w/ stay. $5 per non-guest ONLY for 7:50 AM time spot; otherwise it is an unscheduled shuttle. See below for the unscheduled Pinkham Notch rate.)

*Any request for an unscheduled Pinkham Notch pickup should be made at least two hours in advance. Bad reception? Just call from the Visitor Center!


3. MAHOOSUC TRAVERSE SOBO (Grafton Notch to Hostel)

Depart Hostel at 4:00 AM. Arrive at Grafton Notch by 5:00 AM.

*The Mahoosuc Traverse is a 31 mile, 10,000 ft of elevation gain section of the Appalachian Trail between ME 26 at Grafton Notch and US 2 near to Rattle River Trailhead. It includes Old Speck Mountain, a 4,000+ ft peak, and Mahoosuc Notch, a one mile boulder scramble.

*This is a rough and difficult section of trail and we suggest its slack pack is for serious and well conditioned runners and hikers. Hikers should plan for a 24 hour traverse.

*While we can offer recommendations for a successful hike, the hiker is ultimately responsible for their planning and attempt of the Mahoosuc Traverse. (Any pickup between Grafton Notch and US 2 would result in an additional shuttle fee.)

*Any request for the Mahoosuc Traverse requires at least 48 hours notice and a confirmation from the Hostel.

*Cost: with stay, $110 (up to three) + $25 EAP (call to ask about any special or group rates)


4. PRESIDENTIAL TRAVERSE NOBO (Hostel to Crawford Notch; then Valley Way Trailhead to Hostel)

Depart Hostel at 7:30 AM on Pinkham Notch shuttle. Arrive at Crawford Notch by 8:20 AM.

*The Presidential Traverse is a 22 mile, 9,000 ft of elevation gain section of the Appalachian Trail between Crawford Notch at SR 302 and Rattle River Trailhead at US 2. It traverses (7) of the presidential mountains (Pierce, Eisenhower, Monroe, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison).

*A typical length of hike is 1-2 days.

*Call the Hostel when you arrive at the Valley Way Trailhead so to arrange a shuttle pickup return to the Hostel.

*Note: if a night's stay at an AMC hut or campsite does not fit into your plans, please be aware of the AMC backcountry camping rules.

*Cost: with stay, $40 (up to three) + $10 EAP (call to ask about any special or group rates)


OTHER SHUTTLES (continued)

19 Mile Brook Trail:  $15

Andover, ME:  $90

Appalachia:  $25

Austin Brook Trail (at US 2):  $10

*Austin Brook Trail (at Millbrook Road terminus): $20

Caratunk, ME:  $275

*Carlo Col:  $120

Crawford Notch:  $80

East B Hill, ME:  $100

Evan's Notch: $40

Franconia Notch:  $100

*Goose Eye:  $130

Grafton Notch:  $80

ME 17:  $220

ME 27:  $235

Millinocket, ME:  $420

Monson, ME:  $310

*Notch Trail:  $140

Pinkham Notch:  $20

Portland, ME Airport:  $190

Rangeley, ME:  $180

South Arm:  $110

*Speck Pond Trail: $150

Stony Brook Trail:  $15

Stratton, ME:  $220

*Success Pond Trail:  $150

The Notch Hostel:  $115

(*Note: these are difficult roads due to frequent washouts so we include an extra charge.)


GENERAL INFORMATION

*Shuttles run between June 1st and October 15th. Call to ask about availability and rates.

*Prices are per vehicle load with a maximum of 4 passengers on distance and difficult shuttles.

*We do not offer bus pickups as part of our program. (Any pickup from the bus station would require at least 24 hours notice and a confirmation from the Hostel.)

*Non-guest shuttle cost for daily shuttles: $5 (applies ONLY to scheduled shuttle runs)

*The Rattle River Trailhead is approximately 1/4 mile from the Hostel driveway.

*We ask guests to please write their name on the shuttle sign-up board in the pack room prior to shuttle departure.

*We will hold any gear you don't want to carry on a slack pack.


Don't see your destination? That's okay! Anything not listed is generally but not always $2/mile (one-way) from the Hostel.

Don't be late! Shuttles depart on time!



Click on the link below to learn more about the "Hike Safe" program of New Hampshire.