Maine Huts & Trails was first imagined in the 70s by Larry Warren, a local guy with an impressive track record of turning big ideas into realities. The vision: a series of backcountry huts that would allow multi-day Nordic ski trips from Moosehead Lake to the Mahoosuc Mountain Range; a model inspired by the hut-to-hut treks throughout the European Alps. To date, there are four backcountry eco-lodges connected by 80 miles of trail open year-round from West Forks to Stratton, with eight more huts planned.
In the 30 years since the idea was hatched, Maine Huts & Trails has evolved into much more than a great place for a backcountry adventure. As a nonprofit, the organization has become a valuable community resource for Western Maine. Besides drawing thousands of environmentally conscious visitors to the area every year, Maine Huts & Trails benefits the local community in many ways.
- Maintaining a non-motorized trail system free to the public year-round
- Offering diverse educational opportunities for students from Maine and beyond
- Protecting fragile natural habitats from potentially destructive development
- Ensuring low-impact access to nature for generations to come
Maine Huts & Trails is operated by four full-time staff members in the Kingfield headquarters, with seasonal support staff of around 10, including hut crew, trail crew, gear shuttle operators, and more. Many local businesses benefit from Maine Huts & Trails, including local farmers who provide the food served at the huts year-round.
Overseeing the operation and focusing on policy, fundraising and long-term planning is a dedicated Board of Directors comprised of 15+ volunteers; community leaders, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts from across New England. Especially crucial to the success of the mission are the 1,400 members and volunteers, whose support keeps the trails maintained and the huts affordable for many.