Billings Lodge

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Billings Lodge

Billings Lodge is a Dartmouth Outing Club cabin located 98 miles from Hanover in Randolph, NH.

Description

Billings is a six-room summer cottage which has been partially winterized, located at the north foot of Mt. Madison in the Presidential Range. It sleeps 14 in its three bunkrooms and has a screened-in porch. In addition it has a kitchen, a bathroom (with a flush toilet, shower and bathtub available May 15 through September 15), and a living/dining room, a woodstove and electric heaters for heat, an electric stove for cooking, a refrigerator, and electric lights. Billings Lodge is 50 feet from parking.

Hiking

The Appalachia Trailhead at the north end of the Presidential Mountain Range is only a five-minute walk from the cabin: take a left out of the driveway and head east until you reach the parking lot. Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison are accessible from this trailhead, as are a number of impressive waterfalls at lower elevations. Because of its proximity to the Presidential Range, Billings is also a common place to spend the night before attempting a Presi Traverse.

There is also an extended trail network accessible by foot to the north of the cabin. To get here, continue down the Billings driveway and cross over a wooden bridge. Turn right on the other side of the bridge - after a few minutes walking, you'll find the trailhead by a small park on your left. A scenic overlook and a few small mountains can be reached from these trails; refer to the White Mountain Guide for specifics!

Swimming and trout fishing are close by the cabin. A small picturesque stream, Cold Brook, is about 100 yards beyond the wood shed.

History

Billings Lodge was donated to the Dartmouth Outing Club in 1966 by the Billings family. Initially considered a “white elephant” by DOC members, it quickly became popular due to its proximity to the Presidential Range and the other White Mountains.

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