Guest Stories & Reviews

Comfy and Cozy
January 22, 2020

I didn't know what to expect of the experience given that this was my first time "backpacking".  It was a 3-mile snowshoe hike into Stratton Brook Hut during a snowstorm, but my good friend and I hiked in with relative ease.  We were immediately impressed by the sheer beauty of the accommodations and lodge and were appreciative of the welcome and personable caretaker Sue.  The lodge offered all of the amenities we expected and then some.  I highly recommend the trip and visit and only wish we had more time to hike/visit the other huts!



Hiking and Food
January 13, 2020

This was my second hut with friends. This year we have the chance to use the commercial kitchens to cook a wonderful meal. The weather was perfect (snow all night and sun during the day). The volunteer caretakers were lovely and helpful. The hut/lodge is gorgeous with all the amenities. We loved it. Thank you Maine Huts and Trails. Here's to a successful 2020.


Maine Woods Rendezvous
August 9, 2017

Met up with some friends from Georgia - we have stayed at MHT before (family brought my then 80 year old Mom in for a stay, winter snowshoe trip) so knew more or less what to expect - but expectations exceeded - what a great introduction to Maine, and the Maine woods! Accommodations, staff, food all top notch. And, a bonus: excellent micro-brew selection! Meticulously clean bunk rooms, toilets (Clivus!), showers, common area. We will be back!


Another awesome reunion adventure
August 3, 2017

My five female friends and I completed our third annual reunion trip, taking the same itinerary as we did in 2015. The weather was superb and we enjoyed hiking and paddling trails of Flagstaff and Grand Falls Huts. The staff were excellent at both huts, and we especially enjoyed being the only guests at Grand Falls. Grace and Emily rolled out the red carpet, and a morning yoga session with Emily was a great bonus. The food was abundant and delicious at both huts. We have our dates for next year already in mind and just have to decide on trip plans. Thanks so much for your great hospitality and support for folks out to enjoy the special beauty of Maine.


First Time to Stratton Brook Hut
August 3, 2017

Completely exceeded expectations. Quiet mid-week dates allowed us to "have the place to ourselves". Well marked trails, great location and fantastic Hut staff. Food was great. Shower after hiking was even better. Loved all the focus on sustainability. A true gem in the Maine woods.


Most Excellent Stay
August 1, 2017

My daughter and I went up to speak with two groups of middle school kids from the eastern seaboard about the trees and animal life in the area. We hiked thru to Polar in a thunderstorm and received a warm welcome. The trails are well marked and the route we chose up to the hut well travelled. These are not the " huts" one thinks about on trails such as the AT. 

The accommodations are wonderful, the food is local and well prepared in fact there is always more to eat after you are full! That night desert was blueberry cobbler and was a treat after our hike in. The Bar B Q chicken and the vegetables , all nicely done by the staff. I had a nice chat with the lead " cook" about the menu, where they get the recipes, and how the staff likes being up there. everyone is personable! 

The showers are very good, one can dial up a six minute shower with one of the coins available. I like it hot and it was. The bunks are comfortable, however, be warned, bring a sheet and pillow case, plastic mattress sweat in summer and winter as well if you turn up the heat. Take the tour of the downstairs waste facilities and learn about how ingenuous the heating, water and waste operations are....

Last winter I took my middle school XC ski team in to another hut. The kids LOVED the two days we were there. Trails are well maintained. Food was great , more than enough, kids ate like kids do and more so. The staff treated them very well. There are board games for them and one of my kids found a guitar and amazed all the adults staying there from Quebec with his playing skills . The trails by the way, are WELL GROOMED! 

Night winter hikes were incredible, we had the kids calling in to the owls and having those barred owls come to visit us up close and personal! 

Teachers and coaches, bring your students up to Maine Huts and Trails for an educational and fun overnighter!

There is NO better way for folks from away to adventure in Maine in this area of the Bigelow range . Where can one hike, ski, fish ( yes there is brook trout in the streams and brooks) and relax and be cared for by top notch people and feast on good local food and if the occasion arises, drink local beer and good wine. 

As a registered Maine guide and professional forester , and one who teaches , coaches, high school and middle school children, Maine Huts and Trails offers the out of state adventurer an excellent hospitable visit to our incredible Maine outside world in all seasons , as well as a prime place to take nature deficient youth on a learning adventure. 

I urge anyone to join and support the efforts by the staff and volunteers by joining as an individual or family membership.