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Maine Huts & Trails 4-Day Tour

Ski 11 to 13 miles per day in the beautiful mountains of Western Maine near Sugarloaf Ski Resort. It is one of the most unique Nordic and backcountry skiing experiences in the East.

Overnight accommodations are bunk rooms with a capacity of 4 to 12, depending on hut. Bunk rooms are heated to 50 degrees. Bring 40 degree (or warmer) sleeping bag and pillow case (mattress and pillow provided). Hot showers available, but bring your own towel.

When

Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16, 2018, with optional additional day on Monday, March 12.

Grooming

Trails are groomed for backcountry skiing. Grooming is not intended to be touring center quality. Backcountry skis with edges are recommended. Be prepared for all conditions.

Daily Itinerary – Maine Huts Trail Map

Monday (optional)
Ski 3 miles to Stratton Brook Hut for dinner, overnight, and breakfast.  Then, on Tuesday, ski 8 miles to Poplar Stream Hut and join the rest of the group.  Same meeting place, time and other arrangements as Tuesday.

Tuesday
We will meet at Longfellow’s Restaurant, 247 Main Street (Route 27) Kingfield at 11:15 for lunch (Dutch treat).  Afterwards, we will spot vehicles and shuttle to the Airport trailhead.  We will ski for just 3.2 miles to Poplar Hut. There we will enjoy dinner, an overnight stay, and full American breakfast.

Wednesday
After breakfast, we will pack a light day pack along with a trail lunch and begin our 11.2 mile ski to the Flagstaff Hut for overnight #2.

Thursday
After dinner, a good night’s sleep, and breakfast, we will then pack a trail lunch and depart Flagstaff Hut for a beautiful ski along the Dead River, crossing the Dead River via the 200 foot Chappell footbridge.  After the river crossing, we will enjoy the spectacular view of Grand Falls and then continue 1.2 miles to the Grand Falls Hut. Our ski today is 12 miles.

Friday
After another wonderful night at the hut with dinner and breakfast we will be sent off with another trail lunch back to Flagstaff Hut (12 miles) and then continue 1.8 miles to the Flagstaff Hut trail head to our vehicles.

Gear Shuttle

If you want to ski with only a light day pack rather than all your overnight gear, please consider taking advantage of the optional gear shuttle. We definitely recommend it. Pamper yourself…Most skiers do!

For those doing the 4 day/3 night tour:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018:  airport to Poplar Hut
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018:  Poplar Hut to Flagstaff Lake Hut
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018:  Flagstaff Lake Hut to Grand Falls Hut
  • Friday, March 16, 2018:  Grand Falls Hut to Long Falls Dam Road parking lot

For those doing the full 5 day/4 night tour:

  • Monday, March 12, 2018:  airport to Stratton Brook Hut
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018:  Stratton Brook Hut to Poplar Hut
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018:  Poplar Hut to Flagstaff Lake Hut
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018:  Flagstaff Lake Hut to Grand Falls Hut
  • Friday, March 16, 2018:  Grand Falls Hut to Long Falls Dam parking lot

For additional details on the gear shuttle, see: www.mainehuts.org/prepare/getting-here-around/gear-shuttles. Catamount Trail Association members should receive $10 off per bag per shuttle.  State that you are a CTA member when making the reservation. 

If you do not drop your gear off at the Airport Trailhead before arriving at Longfellow’s Restaurant, we will shuttle your gear to the Airport drop-off during lunch.

Registration

Make reservations directly with Maine Huts & Trails.  Call (207) 265-2400 and reserve bunk space as follows:

  • Monday, March 12, 2018 (optional): Stratton Brook Hut
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018: Poplar Hut
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Flagstaff Lake Hut
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018: Grand Falls Hut

Once you have made your reservation please let the trip leaders know.
Please direct questions about this tour to the trip leaders. 

Trip Leaders

Pete & Laura Lane – pete.lane@comcast.net

Pete & Laura are frequent skiers on the Catamount Trail, and have organized and lead the CTA hut tours for several years. When it’s not ski season, they can be found biking, hiking, peak bagging, orienteering, or volunteering with one of several trail organizations.

Additional information about the Maine Huts & Trails network can be found on their website – www.mainehuts.org.