PLEASE BE ADVISED: As of 10/26/14, the Gauge Road Trailhead is CLOSED for the winter. We are asking that all trail users and Poplar Hut guests please park at the Airport Trailhead instead. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Trail Conditions

New Snow Last 24 hours New Snow Last 7 Days Skiable Miles Grooming Status
0″ 4″ – 5″ 50 Grooming

Trail Summary

Updated: 3/29/15

We have temps above freezing today and then in the teens at night.  Conditions are corn snow that is firm in the AM and softening after noon.

We are grooming this morning.

Due to the recent days of high wind we have two drifts within 1.5K of Flagstaff Hut, one on the way to Poplar and one on the way to Big Eddy.  You will have to navigate around these.

If you are walking or snowshoeing between huts please stay to the sides of the ski trails or use the snowshoe specific trails.

Fatbikers, you have great conditions.  Enjoy.  Please respect the classic tracks.

Trail Report by section

Trail Section Surface New Snow (inches) Base (inches) Last Groomed
Stratton Brook – Poplar transformed 0″ 25″ 3/28
MHT Poplar Area transformed 0″ 27″ 3/28
MHT Poplar – Flagstaff transformed 0″ 27″ 3/29
MHT Flagstaff Area transformed 0″ 31″ 3/29
MHT Flagstaff – Grand Falls transformed 0″ 25″ 3/28
MHT Grand Falls Area transformed 0″ 25″ 3/27
MHT Grand Falls – West Forks transformed 0″ 24″ 3/27

Due to the unpredictable nature of weather, trail conditions  and grooming equipment, grooming plans should always be considered tentative. Check in at the office at the start of your trip for the most current conditions and information.

Weather at Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Huts & Trails sits in the Northern Interior climatological region of Maine (see below). What this means for our visitors is a wet spring (April through June), beautiful summers (July through September) with some rain, chilly autumns (October and November) and snowy winters (December through March).

Maine Climate Information

Maine is divided into three climatological divisions: Coastal, Southern Interior, and Northern Interior.

  • The Coastal Division, which extends for about twenty miles inland along the length of the coast, is tempered by the ocean, resulting in lower summer and higher winter temperatures than are typical of interior zones.
  • The Southern Interior Division extends in a longitudinal belt across the southern portion of the State, and encompasses about 30% of Maine’s total area.
  • The Northern Interior Division occupies nearly 60% of the State’s area and has a continental climate. It is furthest from the ocean and contains the highest elevations.
Maine Temperatures

Maine has one of the most comfortable statewide summer climates in the continental United States. Peak temperatures, normally occurring in July, average about 70°F throughout the State.

In the Southern Interior Division during a very warm summer, temperatures may reach 90° for as many as 25 days, and in the Coastal Division, two to seven days. Summer nights are usually comfortably cool. Winters are generally cold, but very prolonged cold spells are rare.

Northern Interior weather stations may record as many as 40 to 60 days of sub-zero temperatures annually, while coastal stations report 10 to 20 sub-zero days per year.

Maine Precipitation

Rain: Annual precipitation in Maine averages 40 inches in the Northern Division, about 42 inches in the South and 46 inches in the Coastal Division. Although Maine is rarely subjected to ice storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, 10 to 20 thunderstorms occur annually in the Coastal Division and 15 to 30 elsewhere. Heavy ground fogs often appear in low-lying inland areas, but occur most frequently along the coast, for 25 to 60 days annually.

Fog: The southern portion has 80 to 120 clear days per year when there is no fog or other precipitation, and northern regions somewhat less. The percentage of possible sunshine varies from 50% in Eastport to about 60% in Portland.

Snow: Average annual snowfall in Maine is 50 to 70 inches in the Coastal Division, 60 to 90 inches in the Southern Interior and 90 to 110 inches in the Northern Interior. The Coastal Division rarely has more than 15 to 20 days annually with snowfall of one inch or more, although a “Northeaster” may occasionally drop 10 or more inches of snow in a single day. The Northern Interior may have up to 30 days a year with a minimum of one inch. January is normally the snowiest month, with an average of about 20 inches.

Whitewater Releases

2015 Dead River Releases

Releases generally last a half-day, beginning around 8:30 am and ending at 1:00 pm.

Important Notice: Flows may change without notice due to license requirements and/or water conditions at the time of the scheduled flow.

All information provided by Brookfield Renewable Energy

Sat May 2, 2015 7000 cfs† Sat Jul 4, 2015 1800 cfs*
Sat May 9, 2015 7000 cfs† Sun Jul 5, 2015 1300 cfs*
Sun May 24, 2015 5500 cfs Sat Jul 18, 2015 2400 cfs*
Sat May 30, 2015 5000 cfs†

Sun Jul 19, 2015

1800 cfs*
Sun May 31, 2015 1300 cfs*

Sat Aug 8, 2015

2400 cfs*
Sat Jun 6, 2015 3500 cfs*

Sun Aug 9, 2015

1800 cfs*
Sun Jun 7, 2015 2400 cfs*

Sun Sep 6, 2015

5500 cfs*
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1800 cfs*

Sat Sep 19, 2015

3500 cfs*
Sun Jun 21, 2015 1300 cfs*

Sat Oct 3, 2015

Full Open to 6000 cfs

†CFS released at Long Falls Dam plus inflow at Spencer. This will depend on spring refill and forecast
*Release at Long Falls Dam as necessary to provide the flows directly below Spencer Stream (Dam plus inflow).