Jake D. wrote:
"LAKES OF THE CLOUDS HUT IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER There are no services no bathrooms, no water, no nothin' at this hut from mid-September until early June. While there is a very small and uncomfortable "refuge room" at the hut which is kept open for EMERGENCY PURPOSES ONLY, and which provides shelter from the wind and blowing snow but nothing more, this room may be locked up in the future since so many hikers in the past have counted on it for routine (clearly non-emergency) camping purposes, and the area around the hut is suffering from the concentration of winter mis-users. Camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile of the hut, and is not permitted on the Lakes of the Clouds when they are frozen." www.mountwashington.org/about/visitor/winter-overnights.php
It was locked at least once last year.. winter Presi in a day would probably be easier once there is a good snowpack and travel to get a good trail down. doing the Presi any time as more than a 1 day makes things more difficult due to changing weather and way more gear than a day trip. There are also not very many good spots to camp up there.