Maine Huts & Trails: Trail Closure & Re-Route Alerts

Alerts

Trailhead Closures

1. Gauge Road Trailhead (at the beginning of the Carriage Road near the Carrabassett Valley Town Office) is closed. The nearest trailhead is the Airport Trailhead; see all available trailheads

Trail Closures

All trails are open. 

Hut Closures 

All huts are open.

Current Re-routes

1. Bridge construction at Spencer Stream is is almost complete, but currently isn’t passable with high water.To get to the Grand Falls vista please use south entrance of falls trail by the toothpaste bridge during high water. 

2. Flagstaff to Grand Falls: the Maine Hut Trail north of Flagstaff Hut is wet with standing water due to beaver activity. Hikers can pass fine, but bikers need to travel south to the Flagstaff/LFD Rd Trailhead before heading north on Long Falls Dam Rd to circumnavigate. Return to the Maine Hut Trail at Gateway Drive. Look for the road sign and signs for dam access and boat launch.

Warnings

1. Hunting Season is in full swing. Trail users are recommended to wear blaze orange now through the last day of February.

2. Hemlock Trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail in three locations. These intersections can be confusing. Map and compass are recommended when navigating this area. Maine Huts & Trails has signs and 'You Are Here' maps posted on both ends of X-ing 2 and 3 to assist.

Hikers heading south toward Poplar Hut must travel northbound on the AT at X-ing 3 for a brief time before continuing south on the Hemlock Trail at X-ing 2

Hikers heading north toward Flagstaff Hut must travel southbound on the AT at X-ing 2 to continue north on the Hemlock Trail at X-ing 3. Please view information for current trail conditions and the Dead River whitewater release schedule.

3. The Shore Trail between Flagstaff Hut and the Trailhead has a section of erosion due to seasonal high water that has not been rerouted yet. Please use caution and follow blue diamond blazes to stay on the trail. Trail does not go through campsite, but continues along the eroded shore.

4. The Vista Point at Flagstaff Hut is eroding due to seasonal high water. For your own safety and to slow erosion, please avoid the edge of the point.

5. Use caution on 12 ft wide ski bridges along the Maine Hut Trail. Stay to the I-beams, where the lengthwise runner boards are, not the center or edges. The trails team is working to replace the decking as finances allow. If you are interested in supporting the bridge decking replacement project, or any other Maine Huts & Trails improvements project, please become a member and/or donor!

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If you have specific questions or concerns about your safety on the trails, please call the Kingfield office at 207.265.2400 or contact us