Guest Stories & Reviews

Forage & Forest
July 29, 2023

What an amazing event! North Spore Mushrooms came together with Maine Huts & Trails to bring us a spectacular three day, two night event. We started on Friday with a leisurely and highly informative foraging hike up to Stratton Brook Hut. Everyone selected bunks, grabbed hot showers, and sat down for a family style dinner. Saturday began with an impromptu mushroom-themed yoga stretch and another foraging hike resulting in the discovery of a massive crop of black trumpets among many other mushrooms. After a delightful taco lunch, we learned to inoculate oak logs with shiitake spawn and then built a wine cap bed. I hope to come back to the hut to see these projects when they start producing. Dinner on Saturday night knocked everyone's socks off. Chef Pete Uzzell prepared a stunning eight-course tasting menu, each dish featuring mushrooms, some of which were foraged by us! This weekend was truly spectacular. I met some really wonderful people that I hope to see again soon, learned a ton, ate some spectacular food, and am excited for future events at the huts.

-Katherine Ripley

We would love the chance to stay again!
July 8, 2023

"We had a phenomenal time at Flagstaff and are truly grateful for the experience. What a special place. It was the perfect combination of having a home base in a wilderness setting. The weather was definitely a mix but in many ways, this added to being able to snuggle into the lodge and enjoys those spaces while also getting outside as it cleared. We had to leave early to get back for graduation but Sunday looked like an amazing forecast. Having access to the kitchen was also really great. I appreciated the student leadership and support with the meals. Michael, Catherine, and their family were informative, helpful and welcoming. Sincere appreciation to both of you for helping to make it happen. We would love the chance to stay again should the opportunity arise."

Morse High School

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.