Maine Huts and Trails offers 80 miles of trail in Maine’s western mountains, with four huts along the way for respite and warming up or cooling down, depending on which season you’re in. Hike in the summer, cross-country ski or snowshoe in the winter. The Maine woods are happy to have you in any weather.
The hut and trail system gives hikers access to the mountains, lakes, and woods – and the huts are models of sustainability. They’re warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and have enough amenities to make a hut stay feel outdoorsy, but not exactly roughin’ it. (Read: They have wine up there. And a home-cooked dinner. And beds.) But the huge windows overlooking the mountains will remind you that you are, in fact, out in the beautiful Maine woods.
Rates at the huts range from $44-$269 depending on the season, whether you’re a Maine Huts and Trails member, and whether you’d like a private room. Check www.mainehuts.org/rates/ for details.
The huts and trails are open in warmer months and colder ones. We took our trip (a three-mile hike to the Stratton Brook hut and an overnight in the bunkhouse) in the frigid cold, and it was still awesome.