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The Maine Huts & Trails system welcomes skiers and snowshoers.

Hut, Hut, Hike, Bike, & Ski

By Tom Richardson; Photos Courtesy Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Huts & Trails, headquartered in Kingfield, offers year-round backcountry hut-to-hut adventures coupled with remarkably comfortable accommodations.

All huts in the MH&T system offer meals and access to a host of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing. Shuttles are available to carry gear from hut to hut during overnight trips.

Not sure "hut" is the appropriate word for the trail's spacious, comfortable cabins.

The “huts” are actually four off-the-grid eco-lodges situated along an 80-mile trail system in the Western Mountains Region of Maine. Each hut features a heated and spacious great room, a cozy reading area, a screened porch, hot showers, toilets, heated bunkrooms with mattresses, and gear-drying rooms. Guests stay in shared bunkrooms with a variety of bunk configurations. Meals are shared as well. Private bunkrooms are available, but must be booked when you make a reservation.

 

The Poplar Hut is one of four huts on the trail system.

The huts are staffed and, depending on season, feature hearty prepared meals and bag lunches included in the overnight fee. At other times, you’ll have more of a self-service experience.

For example, during the 2021-2022 winter season, full-service days are for overnight guests who stay on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings. These days are fully staffed and guests are provided with a hearty, family-style dinner and breakfast (included in the cost). A bagged lunch is also provided for the trail (also included with an overnight stay). Gear shuttle services are also available to guests for an additional charge during full-service days.

Additionally, there are a few full-service weeks during the Holiday season and around school vacations. Flagstaff Hut, Poplar Hut and Stratton Brook Hut will all be full-service throughout the full week on these selective days.

Self-service days during the winter season are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Overnight guests are given access to the commercial-grade kitchens and some stocked cooking essentials, such as spices and oils. Good-To-Go gourmet meals in a packet are available for purchase at the huts if you don’t want to carry your own supllies. The huts remain heated during winter self-service, and guests have access to bathroom and shower facilities.

Huts are still staffed during self-service days; however, the food experience is limited. It is not a rare occasion to see oatmeal, soups or even cookies available for purchase on limited days.

As for the trails, most are groomed and maintained to support a variety of activities from mountain biking to Nordic skiing. Get updates on trail conditions via the MH&T Facebook page.

 

Download a trail map.