Over the next several years, Maine Huts & Trails plans to significantly increase the mountain biking opportunities along our system. We envision offering mountain bikers a wide array of trails from short, easy riding along our hut access roads and other dirt roads to technical single-track deep in the backcountry. Riders will eventually be able to ride for several days along a variety of trails, staying overnight at the Maine Huts. Much work remains to bring the opportunities to the level we would like to provide, but riders are already finding some great riding along and proximal to the MH&T system. Below is some information that should help riders enjoy a safe and enjoyable riding experience at Maine Huts & Trails.
- Please adhere to posted signage along the system indicating areas open/appropriate for biking and those that are closed to bikes.
- Control your bike and ride responsibly.
- Always yield. Hikers have the right of way. When approaching from the rear, slow down and announce your presence. Pass slowly and safely.
- Please dismount and walk (or carry) your bike through wet areas.
- When riding on gravel roads use caution and watch for oncoming vehicles.
- Generally, and unless posted otherwise, trails are open for riding from mid-June to late-October.
As with all outdoor activities, guests should do their research beforehand, check the weather and plan accordingly. MH&T employees will report weather and trail conditions to the best of their ability but ultimately it is the guest’s responsibility to know their ability level and make a judgment call. All routes to our huts should be undertaken at your own risk and all guests should be prepared for self-rescue in the event of an emergency.
Until further notice, the following section of the Maine Hut Trail is closed to Mountain Biking:
The section between Poplar and Flagstaff that travels through the State of Maine Bigelow Preserve. If travelling from Poplar, this section begins at the east crossing of Carriage Rd. proximal to the power line. At this point, riders heading to Flagstaff from Poplar should take a right on Carriage Rd., a right on Bog Brook Rd. and a left Long Falls Dam Rd. Then, you have the option of a) taking a left onto the Maine Hut Trail once you passed where the Appalachian Trail crosses Long Falls Dam Rd. OR b) riding up to the Trailhead and using either the Access Rd. or the Maine Hut Trail from there. If travelling from Flagstaff to Poplar riders should follow these directions in reverse and access the Maine Hut Trail off of Carriage Rd just down from Bog Brook Rd.