With more than 25 miles of linear, groomed cross-country ski trails, Maine Huts & Trails offers one of the most unforgettable Nordic and backcountry skiing experiences in the northeast. In fact, the original vision of the founders was based on skiing hut to hut. The huts are the perfect destination for a day trip, or for an ambitious multi-hut expedition. While the trails are groomed regularly, you should be prepared for true backcountry conditions. Touring and backcountry Nordic skis work best on our terrain. Not sure what to bring? Read our gear guide.
Guided Ski Trips
To add to your experience, consider skiing with a guide. Maine Huts & Trails works with several guides to offer a variety of guided ski trips throughout the winter.
Most Maine Huts & Trails ski routes have a variety of elevation changes that require some descending skill. The trail from Route 27 trailhead to Stratton Brook Hut feature a significant climb for the last mile that inexperienced skiers may find challenging. Poplar Hut also has intermediate trails that will require control on descents and climbing. Before embarking on your trip, be sure to look at the elevation changes on the map, and choose a route that matches your ability.
Stratton Brook Hut to Poplar Stream Hut (or vice versa): 7.6 miles, approx. 2-4 hours
The varied elevation between the two huts makes this a great day ski for intermediate and advanced skiers. The descent from Stratton Hut down Newton's Revenge is the steepest section of our entire active trail network and will test every skiers snowplow stance. Turn left onto Crommett's Overlook trail for a enjoyable and gentle sloping 3.1 mile downhill cruise. Don't miss the lookout, a favorite place to stop for lunch! The trail intersects with the level Narrow Gauge Pathway for a mile, then gradually climbs back up in the woods, following Poplar Stream. The trail levels off for the last mile, exposing nice views of Little Bigelow.
Poplar Stream to Flagstaff Lake Hut (or vice versa): 11.8 miles, approx. 4-6 hours
The trails between Poplar and Flagstaff Hut are the true definition of backcountry. A beautiful ski, the sounds of nature may be the only thing you hear for miles! From Poplar, you shortly turn right onto the Sticky Trail, a rolling 3 mile trail that is a must for skiers and bikers. After a road crossing, the trail dips down in elevation, before crossing the road again and steadily climbing up to the mid-point of the trek - the Halfway Yurt. Stop in to warm up by the fire, and eat a trail lunch. The bonus .5 mile ski up to the Overlook delivers serious views over Flagstaff Lake, the Bigelows and beyond. After a 1.6 mile downhill cruise and road crossing, continue over bridges and through level woods terrain to arrive at Flagstaff Hut.
Cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes are available for rent at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. The Outdoor Center is a great resource for area trail information; ski tuning, waxing, supplies; lessons and more.