We had a fantastic time snowshoeing between Flagstaff and Poplar huts, two of the 4 huts on the Maine huts and trails circuit. It was several spectacular days of hiking topped off with cozy bunkhouses (we requested private rooms), delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by the staff, and a warming wood stove. The huts -- more like wilderness lodges -- are cutting edge, off-the-grid constructions with solar power, composting toilets, and all-local construction. The trails are well signed and well maintained, and the hike through the snow and along frozen Flagstaff lake was unbeatable. If you get the chance, visit Maine Huts and Trails.
Guest Stories & Reviews
Hut-to-Hut Snowshoeing Wonderland
We wanted an adventure, something physically challenging and fun...Maine Hut-to-hut was perfect! The trails were groomed for either skate skiing or classic and the terrain had some nice hills and twists. Lodge hosts were welcoming and informative, in addition to being culinary wizards. Our son now wants to eat more cauliflower and broccoli. We plan to mountain bike on the trails this summer and stop in for lunch. Thanks for a memorable vacation.
Connecticut Hiking Alliance
This is our 2nd winter snowshoe into your huts and both were fantastic. Wonderful rooms, lodge, food and drink. The trails were well marked and groomed. Even though temps were near zero everyone was safe, comfortable and had a great experience. We will see you next year. If you go to our website Connecticut Hiking Alliance on Meetup there are over a hundred pictures and reviews.
New Year's at Poplar Hut & Stratton Brook Hut
My husband, son and I spent New Year's weekend at the huts, our first time visit. A storm had just dumped two feet of snow, but temps were mild (considering the area and time of year) and we were able to ski into the hut (I would recommend snowshoes if conditions were icy). The folks at the hut were super nice, the food was lovely, and we toasted to 2017 at midnight with the hardy souls who remained awake. The next day, we skied to Stratton Brook Hut, which is in a beautiful location, with views of Sugarloaf on one side and the Bigelow Range on the other. We are experienced winter travelers, but what makes the huts somewhat unique is that they are accessible to folks with a wide range of experience, as there are various routes, some short and some longer. So if you have just a bit of snowshoeing experience, you can choose one of the shorter routes and enjoy the remote feeling offered by these huts (which by hard core standards really aren't that remote). We may make the New Year's celebration an annual event! Rentals of snowshoes or cross-country skis are available in Carrabassett Valley at Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.
Everything was great, from the super-helpful young lady who booked our stay over the phone, to the facilities at Stratton Brook, which were stunning. The hut was filled almost to capacity, but it never felt even half-full in the main room. The beer and wine selection is amazing, and the food was wonderful. We're already planning a repeat visit.
Flagstaff rocks snowy getaway
- Maine Huts & Trails did a great job grooming Flagstaff trailhead to hut, XC ski in all the way.
- Flagstaff is a wonderful location, peaceful, warm, comfortable, relaxing
- Welcoming staff, lovely warm fire
- Inspiring to chat with other guests and learn about other Huts
- left with "when, not if..." we return.