Our Huts

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All of our huts feature best-in-class amenities including hot showers, toilets, comfortable heated bunkrooms plus home-cooked dinners and breakfasts. Additionally each hut offers a variety of unique adventures. Picking the best hut for your stay is key.

What are the huts like? Perhaps the best term we’ve found to describe us (so far) is “Boutique Hostel.” Each hut has a main lodge and separate bunkhouses for sleeping. Sleeping accommodations are primarily shared accommodations, featuring different configurations of bunk beds in a variety of bunkroom sizes, though each hut has at least a couple of “private” bunkrooms that host a double” bunk. The main lodge is where guests will find bathroom and shower facilities, the kitchen, dining and library/common rooms as well as the staff quarters and clean-energy systems that run the hut.

How many Huts are there? Currently we have four huts in operation of our complete plan of twelve backcountry huts. Over the next decade, with your help, we’ll be building several more huts for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy year-round.

Stratton Brook, our newest hut, opened in December 2012 — Poplar, welcoming guests since 2008 — Flagstaff, opened in 2009 — Grand Falls, opened in 2010.

Stratton Brook

BEST HUT FOR: Hiking, 4,000′ peaks in the Bigelow Range and Mountain Biking, 50 miles at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.

Description: Stratton Brook, our newest hut, draws mountain bikers seeking full-day adventures amid 50 miles of trails at the nearby Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. The hut itself, on top of a hill, includes great views of both Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Mountain Range. Additionally, the hut will soon provide access to incredible hiking along the Appalachian Trail in the Bigelow Preserve.

Maine Huts & Trails would like to offer special thanks to Clem and Rolande Begin for making this hut possible.

ACTIVITIES
X Hiking X Ski/Snowshoeing
X Mountain Biking (rentals available nearby) X Bird/Nature Walks
Swimming Waterfall
Fishing Fire Pit/Bonfire
Canoe/Kayaking
GETTING THERE
Closest Trailhead: Rte 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead
Trailhead → Hut: 3.0 miles
Kingfield → Trailhead: 14.4 miles
Driving Directions: Kingfield to Rte 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead
Hut GPS Coordinates: 45° 6.069′N, -70° 18.129′W
Hut Elevation: 1905 Ft
Elevation of Closest Trailhead: 1298 Ft
HUT-TO-HUT
Poplar: 10.0 miles
Flagstaff: 21.1 miles
Grand Falls: 32.6 miles
OTHER
Campbell Field Trailhead: 2.9 miles
TRAILHEADS
Rt 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead: 3.0 miles
Outdoor Center: 3.6 miles
Airport Trailhead: 7.2 miles
Gauge Road Trailhead: 8.1 miles
Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead: 19.5 miles
Big Eddy Trailhead: 24.8 miles
West Forks Trailhead: 47.1 miles
HUT SPECS
Private Rooms: Yes (4)
Maximum Capacity: 44 people
# Bunkhouses: 1
# Rooms: 10

Poplar

BEST HUT FOR: Hiking,  4,000′ peaks in the Bigelow Range and Mountain Biking, 50 miles at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.

Description: Poplar, the closest hut to our Kingfield Headquarters, is perfect for novices and day-trippers. Additionally, the hut draws mountain bikers seeking full-day adventures amid 50 miles of trails at the nearby Sugarloaf Outdoor Center and hikers hoping to climb one of the 4000′ peaks in the Bigelow Range. The area features well-traveled trails, a small swimming hole and the Poplar Stream Falls waterfall. Poplar is a great starting point for hut-to-hut travel.

Maine Huts & Trails would like to offer its special thanks to the New Balance Foundation for making this hut possible. 

ACTIVITIES
X Hiking X Ski/Snowshoeing
X Mountain Biking (rentals available nearby) X Bird/Nature Walks
X Swimming (Poplar Falls) X Waterfall
X Fishing (native brook trout) X Fire Pit/Bonfire
Canoe/Kayaking
GETTING THERE
Closest Trailhead: Gauge Road Trailhead
Trailhead → Hut: 2.4 miles
Kingfield → Trailhead: 8.9 miles
Driving Directions: Kingfield to Gauge Road Trailhead
Hut GPS Coordinates: 45° 6.060′N, -70° 11.118′W
Hut Elevation: 1322 Ft
Elevation of Closest Trailhead: 853 Ft
HUT-TO-HUT
Stratton Brook: 10.0 miles
Flagstaff: 11.4 miles
Grand Falls: 23.2 miles
OTHER
Gauge Road Trailhead: 2.4 miles
TRAILHEADS
Airport Trailhead: 3.1 miles
Campbell Field Trailhead: 7.1 miles
Outdoor Center: 7.8 miles
Rt 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead: 8.2 miles
Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead: 9.7 miles
Big Eddy Trailhead: 15.6 miles
West Forks Trailhead: 37.4 miles
HUT SPECS
Private Rooms: Yes (2)
Maximum Capacity: 42 people
# Bunkhouses: 3
# Rooms: 7
 

Flagstaff

BEST HUT FOR: Families, shortest hike from trailhead to hut and Multi-Activity,Easy swimming, paddling & hiking.

Description: Flagstaff, located on the sandy east shore of Flagstaff Lake, is a favorite for families and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages looking to spend relaxing time together. Guests can enjoy swimming, canoeing and kayaking on the lake (boats available), scenic walks around the lake or hiking in the Bigelow Range, which is just a short paddle or drive away.

Maine Huts & Trails would like to offer special thanks to L.L. Bean, Inc. and Leon and Lisa Gorman for making this hut possible.

ACTIVITIES
X Hiking X Ski/Snowshoeing
X Mountain Biking X Bird/Nature Walks
X Swimming (Flagstaff Lake) Waterfall
X Fishing Fire Pit/Bonfire
X Canoe/Kayaking
GETTING THERE
Closest Trailhead: Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead
Trailhead → Hut: 1.8 miles
Kingfield → Trailhead: 18.1 miles via Carriage Rd SUMMER ONLY | 30.6 miles via Rte 16
Driving Directions: Kingfield to Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead SUMMER ONLY| Kingfield to Long Falls Dam Road
Hut GPS Coordinates: 45° 11.877′N, -70° 10.645′W
Hut Elevation: 1162 Ft
Elevation of Closest Trailhead: 1203 Ft
HUT-TO-HUT
Stratton Brook: 21.1 miles
Poplar: 11.4 miles
Grand Falls: 11.8 miles
OTHER
Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead: 1.8 miles
TRAILHEADS
Big Eddy Trailhead: 3.8 miles
Gauge Road Trailhead: 13.8 miles
Airport Trailhead: 14.3 miles
Campbell Field Trailhead: 18.1 miles
Outdoor Center: 18.8 miles
Rt 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead: 19.7 miles
West Forks Trailhead: 24.1 miles
HUT SPECS
Private Rooms: Yes (4)
Maximum Capacity: 44 people
# Bunkhouses: 2
# Rooms: 10
 

Grand Falls

BEST HUT FOR: Fishing, renowned trout/salmon on Dead River, Whitewater, Class III/IV paddling on Dead River and is Remote, most secluded Hut in our system.

Description: Grand Falls is our most remote and secluded hut. This hut features fabulous views, the Grand Falls waterfall and superb, swimming, fishing and paddling. Grand Falls Hut is currently the northernmost hut in our system.

Maine Huts & Trails would like to offer special thanks to Robert and Gayle Greenhill for making this hut possible.

ACTIVITIES
X Hiking X Ski/Snowshoeing
X Mountain Biking X Bird/Nature Walks
X Swimming (Dead River) X Waterfall (Grand Falls)
X Fishing (salmon & trout) X Fire Pit/Bonfire
X Canoe/Kayaking (2 mi from hut)
GETTING THERE
Closest Trailhead: Lower Enchanted Trailhead SUMMER ONLY | Big Eddy Trailhead
Trailhead → Hut: 0.5 miles SUMMER ONLY | 7.8 miles
Kingfield → Trailhead: 73.3 miles SUMMER ONLY | 35.0 miles
Driving Directions: Kingfield to Lower Enchanted Trailhead SUMMER ONLY Kingfield to Big Eddy Trailhead
Hut GPS Coordinates: 45° 18.198′N, -70° 12.421′W
Hut Elevation: 1075 Ft
Elevation of Closest Trailhead: 1112 Ft
HUT-TO-HUT
Flagstaff: 11.8 miles
Poplar: 23.2 miles
Stratton Brook: 32.6 miles
OTHER
Big Eddy Trailhead: 7.8 miles
TRAILHEADS
Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead: 13.6 miles
West Forks Trailhead: 14.4 miles
Gauge Road Trailhead: 25.9 miles
Airport Trailhead: 26.3 miles
Campbell Field Trailhead: 29.8 miles
Outdoor Center: 30.5 miles
Rt 27/Stratton Brook Trailhead: 31.7 miles
HUT SPECS
Private Rooms: Yes (2)
Maximum Capacity: 32 people
# Bunkhouses: 1
# Rooms: 8

Our off-the-grid facilities offer all of the services you need to enjoy the Maine backcountry with minimal packing. Here’s what we provide for:

Day Visitors
  • Lunch from 11:30 – 1:30 daily during the summer and Friday through Sunday during the winter full-service season.  (Menu generally includes soup, chili, baked goods, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.)
  • Wine and beer is available for purchase at the huts.
  • Toilet facilities, potable water and a communal space.
  • Trail maps (See Maps page)
  • Souvenirs are available for purchase at the huts.
Overnight Visitors
  • A hearty, family-style dinner and breakfast (included in the cost of your overnight stay).
  • A bagged lunch for the trail.
  • Wine and beer available for purchase at the huts.
  • Bunk with a soft foam mattress.
  • Pillow (please supply your own pillowcase – hint: can double as a stuff sack)
  • Heat! (The main hut and bunkhouses have radiant floor heating and are kept between 50° and 60°F during the winter).
  • Lighting
  • Potable water
  • Showers with biodegradable soap (please supply your own towel)
  • Composting toilets (and toilet paper)
  • Books and games in our library area
  • An online packing list