Maine Huts & Trails: Gear Shuttles & Schedule

Gear Shuttles

At Maine Huts & Trails, we think outdoor adventure should be fun! And while you should expect to break a sweat on the trails, there’s no reason to weigh yourself down with a heavy pack. When you use our gear shuttle service, your backpack will be delivered to the hut by our staff; and you can focus on what’s most important -- having fun.

Scheduling your gear shuttle

  • During full-service seasons, gear shuttles run from select trailheads to the huts, and from hut to hut. See below for trailhead shuttle locations.
  • You’ll need to arrange for a gear shuttle at least one week in advance of your trip.
  • Gear shuttle rates vary by season, please see our Rates page for more information.
  • Review our Self-Service & Full Service Season Dates

Gear Requirements

  • All bags must be backpacks (no duffle bags, suitcases, totes, etc.) 
  • All bags must weigh 25 lbs or less.
  • Please weigh your bags before leaving them at the pick-up location.  Scales are located in the gear box at each pickup location for your convenience.
  • If your backpack is over the 25 lb weight limit, you’ll need to remove excess weight to your car before labeling your bag for transport.
  • You should be physically able to transport your bag if for some reason you miss the gear shuttle or we have an equipment failure.
  • All bags must be tagged and ready for pick up before the designated pick up time. See below for scheduled pick up times by location.

If your gear doesn’t meet the above requirements, it might not be shuttled, or could be subject to an oversize bag fee.

Shuttle Locations & Schedule

The following locations are the pick-up points for gear shuttles:

Winter

Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead, Airport Trailhead, Effie’s Hair Salon (look for this sign) 3515 US Route 201, Old Timer’s Place Plaza, West Forks

Winter gear shuttling is done by snowmobile, so it is weather dependent. If conditions allow, it is generally offered from mid-January to mid-March.

 

HUT-TO-HUT
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Stratton Brook Hut 7:30 AM Poplar Hut 4:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Stratton Brook Hut 4:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Flagstaff Hut 4:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Poplar Hut 4:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Grand Falls Hut 4:00 PM
Grand Falls Hut 7:30 AM Flagstaff Hut 4:00 PM
       
TRAILHEAD-TO-HUT
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Airport Trailhead 12:00 PM Stratton Brook Hut 4:00 PM
Airport Trailhead 12:00 PM Poplar Hut 4:00 PM
Long Falls Dam Rd. – Flagstaff 12:00 PM Flagstaff Hut 4:00 PM
Long Falls Dam Rd. -Flagstaff 12:00 PM Grand Falls Hut 4:00 PM
West Forks – Grand Falls 9:00 AM Grand Falls Hut 4:00 PM
       
HUT-TO-TRAILHEAD
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Stratton Brook Hut 7:30 AM Airport Trailhead 12:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Airport Trailhead 12:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Long Falls Dam Rd./Flagstaff 12:00 PM
Grand Falls Hut 7:30 AM Long Falls Dam Rd./Flagstaff 12:00 PM
Grand Falls Hut 7:30 AM West Forks/Grand Falls 4:00 PM

 

Summer

Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead, Airport Trailhead, Outdoor Center

Backpacks going from a trailhead or the Outdoor Center must be tagged and in the baggage box by 1pm.

Backpacks going from hut to hut, or hut to trailhead must be tagged and ready for pick-up by 7:30 AM.

TRAILHEAD-TO-HUT
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Airport Trailhead 1:00 PM Stratton Brook Hut 5:00 PM
Airport Trailhead 1:00 PM Poplar Hut 5:00 PM
Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM Flagstaff Hut 5:00 PM
Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM Poplar Hut 5:00 PM
Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM Grand Falls Hut 5:00 PM
Outdoor Center 1:00 PM Stratton Brook Hut 5:00 PM
Outdoor Center 1:00 PM Poplar Hut 5:00 PM
 
HUT-TO-HUT
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Stratton Brook Hut 7:30 AM Poplar Hut 5:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Stratton Brook Hut 5:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Flagstaff Hut 5:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Poplar Hut 5:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Grand Falls Hut 5:00 PM
Grand Falls Hut 7:30 AM Flagstaff Hut 5:00 PM
 
HUT-TO-TRAILHEAD
Pickup Site Pickup Time Drop-off Site Drop-off Time
Stratton Brook Hut 7:30 AM Airport Trailhead 1:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Airport Trailhead 1:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM
Flagstaff Hut 7:30 AM Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM
Grand Falls Hut 7:30 AM Long Falls Dam Rd/Flagstaff Trailhead 1:00 PM
Stratton Brook Hut 7:30 AM Outdoor Center 1:00 PM
Poplar Hut 7:30 AM Outdoor Center 1:00 PM

If you have any questions about gear shuttles, contact us.

If you’re looking for a shuttle for yourself or your vehicle, check Getting Here and Around