4-Hut Guided Ski Expedition | Maine Huts & Trails

4-Hut Guided Ski Expedition

Trip Description 

5-Day/4-Night @ 4 Huts (Grand Falls Hut > Flagstaff Hut > Poplar Hut > Stratton Brook Hut)

This four night, five day trip includes all four huts and 50 miles of skiing along the Dead River, Flagstaff Lake and through the ancient woods of Western Maine. Ski to all four welcoming eco-lodges and experience the adventure and beauty of the Maine woods while in the company of a Registered Maine Guide. Enjoy three delicious meals each day, hot showers, inviting field-stone fireplaces and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Itinerary Outline

Day 1:
10:00 AM Meet your guide at the Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead. Put your backpack in the gear box so that it can be shuttled to the hut (Shuttle leaves at 12:00 PM. Click here for more information on gear shuttles.)
10:30 AM Follow your guide (via vehicle) to the Big Eddy Trailhead just a short distance up the road and begin your adventure skiing along the Upper Dead River towards Grand Falls Hut. This first day’s ski will be a nice easy warm-up along a flat, 8-mile stretch of trail. Overall elevation loss of 9 feet. (7.8 miles total)
2:00 - 4:00 PM Arrive at Grand Falls Hut. The day’s effort will be worth it when you are greeted by the friendly hut staff and can enjoy a hot shower and a warm beverage before a delicious dinner.
4:00 PM Gear shuttle arrives at the hut with your backpack
6:00 PM Dinner
 
Day 2:
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Depart Grand Falls Hut. Today will be a great day to relax the muscles and enjoy a beautiful ski along the Upper Dead River. Ski alongside the stunning 40-foot Grand Falls soon after leaving the hut, then continue on a trail that winds through old growth forest, with very little elevation gain or loss. Just 1.7 miles after leaving the hut, you’ll cross the Chappell Bridge over the Dead River and then cruise along a flat 6-mile stretch hugging the river. Cross the Long Falls Dam Road at mile 7.8, being sure to check out the gorgeous views of the Bigelows during the last 3.6 miles of today’s ski. Overall elevation gain of 115 feet. (11.2 miles total)
1:00 - 3:00 PM Arrive at Flagstaff Hut and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in front of the woodstove or exploring the point and the views across the lake.
4:00 PM Gear shuttle arrives at the hut with your backpack
6:00 PM Dinner
 
Day 3:
7:30 AM Breakfast & gear shuttle departs with your backpack
8:30 AM Depart Flagstaff Hut with your guide and start the day with a nice easy warm up. The first 3.9 miles of skiing along the edge of Flagstaff Lake are very flat. Cross the Long Falls Dam Road and continue uphill for 1.6 miles to the Halfway Yurt. Elevation gain of 386 feet, nearly all in the 1.6 miles from the Long Falls Dam Road to the Halfway Yurt. (5.5 miles)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Arrive at the Halfway Yurt and break for lunch and warm up before continuing your ski.
12:00 - 1:00 PM Leave the Yurt and descend for 1 mile, cross the Long Falls Dam Road again and enjoy some rolling hills as the trail winds through old Hemlock growth, crosses the East Flagstaff Road at mile 7.8 and then the Carriage Road at mile 8.0. Enjoy the final 3.6 miles of today’s ski, the last mile of which will have some challenging uphill. Elevation loss of 236 feet with a 450-foot descent immediately after leaving the Yurt and a 150-foot ascent just before arriving at Poplar. (6.1 miles)
2:00 - 4:00 PM Arrive at Poplar Hut and check in with the Hut Staff. Relax with a hot cup of coffee or tea or even a glass of wine or beer by the fire before dinner. Overall elevation gain of 150 feet from Flagstaff Hut to Poplar Hut. (11.6 miles total)
4:00 PM Gear shuttle arrives at the hut with your backpack
6:00 PM Dinner
 
Day 4:
7:30 AM Breakfast & gear shuttle departs with your backpack
8:30 AM Leave Poplar Hut with your guide and start the day’s ski with a fun downhill first thing. Merge right onto the Narrow Gauge Trail and enjoy a nice flat 2-mile section. Merge back onto the Maine Hut Trail and ski gradually uphill for another 3 miles, pausing to appreciate the outstanding views from Crommet’s Overlook along the way. Finally, merge onto Newton’s Revenge Trail where, true to it’s name, the last mile to the hut will be a challenging uphill climb. Overall elevation gain of 566 feet, almost entirely in the last mile of trail before Stratton Brook Hut. (7.6 miles total)
12:00 - 1:00 PM Arrive at Stratton Brook Hut. Pat yourself on the back for a ski well done with a hot cup of coffee or tea or even a glass of wine or beer by the fire. Don’t forget to check out the amazing 360° views of Sugarloaf, Crocker and the Bigelows, they are well worth the trip!
4:00 PM Gear shuttle arrives at the hut with your backpack
6:00 PM Dinner
 
Day 5:
7:30 AM Breakfast & gear shuttle departs with your backpack
10:00 AM Depart Stratton Brook Hut and let your guide lead you back along the trails to your vehicle at the Airport Trailhead. Overall elevation loss of 997 feet, much of which is in the first mile of trail from Stratton Brook. (4.8 or 6.7 miles total, depending on route taken)
12:00 PM Gear shuttle arrives at the trailhead with your backpack
12:00 - 1:30 PM Arrive at the Airport Trailhead. Don’t forget to grab your pack from the gear box before you head home!

 

Season 

Winter

Included 

Four nights’ lodging in four different huts, all meals, five gear shuttles and guide for five days.

Pricing 

Peak Pricing

Adult Youth (15 & under)
Members $858.50/person $610.50/person
Non-Members $914.50/person $638.50/person

 

Peak Dates:

18-Feb

Value Pricing

Adult Youth (15 & under)
Members $706.50/person $534.50/person
Non-Members $746.50/person $554.50/person

 

Value Dates:

22-Jan, 11-Feb

 

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Note 

 

Shuttle between trailheads or vehicle shuttle is not included but can be booked for an additional fee through All Points Transportation. Please see our Trailhead Shuttle Information and Rates. Advance reservations required to participate in this trip. Space is limited. Lodging rates based on shared bunkrooms, for private accommodations please inquire for rates and availability. For your safety, guides reserve the right to change the trip route at any time depending on weather conditions and/or group ability.