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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Main Huts & Trails


OUR MISSION

Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine’s Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations. Our backcountry trails enhance access to beautiful lakes, rivers and forest lands, and our low impact huts provide inviting spaces that facilitate outdoor adventures and learning. This self-sustaining resource stimulates environmentally sensitive economic opportunity in the region by attracting visitors of all ages and abilities.
Our Work is:
  • Creating a resource of national significance for our state and regions.
  • Providing opportunities for environmental and experiential education.
  • Enhancing opportunities for people-powered outdoor recreation.
  • Stimulating environmentally sensitive economic development opportunities in Western Maine.
  • Instilling an environmental stewardship and conservation ethic within our communities and residents.
  • Ensuring perpetual year-round public access to remote and special areas along the trail corridor.

FAQ’S                               Cross country skiers enjoy Maine Huts & Trails.

Q: Are the trails open to the public?
A: Yes, the trails are open to the public free of charge for year-round, non-motorized use.
Q: What are the benefits of becoming a member?
A: For us at Maine Huts & Trails, membership fees help offset trail construction, maintenance and operational expenses. For those who enjoy the use of the trails and huts, becoming a member of Maine Huts & Trails means being a part of a community of active individuals and families who value meaningful outdoor experiences and care about the future of western Maine. Membership also has tangible benefits for even modestly active users and promotes further participation with Maine Huts & Trails.
We try very hard to offer tangible rewards. The membership benefits are selected for their desirability and offer distinction on or off the trail. Most importantly, the membership program levels are designed to provide each person with the choice they seek in planning their adventure in any given year. With early reservation periods, you have access to the best dates on the calendar to ensure the availability of the route you wish to travel. Become a member online now!
Q: What kind of service is available to day-visitors along the trail and at the huts?A: At the huts, visitors can enjoy access to potable water (fresh from a drilled well) and use of the composting toilet facilities. Baked goods, soup, hot beverages, beer and wine and souvenirs are available for purchase at the huts. In the winter, day visitors can enjoy a wide range of groomed and un-groomed trails.  Check out the interactive hut gallery for more information about the amenities at each of the huts.
Q: What types of uses do the trails accommodate?A: The trails are designed and managed for non-motorized uses. In the summer, trail users can hike along all sections of the trail. Mountain biking and paddling are also available along certain designated sections. Winter activities include XC-skiing and snowshoeing. Please understand that the trails run through a variety of public and private lands. Adhering to trail postings and staying on the trail is requested.
Q: Are dogs allowed on the trails?A: Dogs are allowed on the trails on leash or under voice command during the months of April – November.  Our trails travel through some of Maine’s most important wildlife habitat, including deer wintering areas.  In an effort to avoid wildlife disturbance during our winter months, December through March, dogs are not allowed on the trails.  Dogs are not permitted over night at the huts during the winter but we do offer dog friendly rooms during the spring, summer and fall. Reservations for the dog friendly rooms are required.
Planning an overnight visit?  Check out the rest of our Frequently Asked Questions!
Want to learn more? Contact us now.
Ready to book a trip? Book your adventure today!

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