Western Maine Hut Hike

European-style hiking through Maine's western mountains


Trip Details

Location Western Maine
Length 8 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Mountain Hut, Small Inn, B&B
Group size 6-10
Dates Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019
Land Cost $2,995.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

After 28 years of guiding hiking and walking trips in some of Europe’s most beautiful areas, we are excited to be offering a hut-to-hut experience right here in our own back yard.

This 8-day trip affords the opportunity of experiencing two of Maine’s premier wilderness areas, with accommodations provided by two outstanding outdoor organizations, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Maine Huts and Trails.

Our first few days of hiking will be spent in the Moosehead Lake Region, staying in the AMC lodges, followed by hiking between three of the Maine Huts and Trails’ newly-constructed huts. Both areas are regions of old-growth forests, high Appalachian peaks, glimmering secluded lakes, and ancient Native American waterways. From the splendid Gulf Hagas, the “Grand Canyon of the East,” to the stately 4,000-footers of Bigelow, Sugarloaf, and Crocker, we’ll hike sections of the storied Appalachian Trail (AT), canoe the Dead River, and end our trip in the warmth and comfort of backcountry lodges and huts that are so uniquely “Maine.”

We are very fortunate to be joined by Maine naturalist Ron Joseph. After a 33-year career as a Maine wildlife biologist, Ron now specializes in leading birding, moose watching, and tree identification trips. Ron knows and loves his native state as much as anyone we know. And best of all, his enthusiasm about the Maine outdoors is contagious.

September is a dynamic time of year in the Maine woods. This is the fall migration period, and we can expect to see hawks, as well as migrating shorebirds and songbirds (warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows). Fall foliage is beginning, with maples, ash, beech, and birches exhibiting changes in color. This season signals the beginning of the moose rut. An experienced moose caller, Ron has a good chance of getting us in close proximity to these amazing animals.

For those who have been curious about European-style hut-to-hut hiking, this trip is a great introduction. And for those who have hiked hut-to-hut in Europe, this trip offers a familiar experience closer home.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • All boat and van transfers as per itinerary
  • Group transfer from and to the Portland International Jetport
  • Guide/s
  • Lots of great hiking and memories

NOT INCLUDED

Optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, tips to guides, insurance. Allow roughly $200 in additional costs.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Our nights will be spent at both the Appalachian Mountain Club backcountry lodges and the Maine Huts and Trails huts. Together they offer an appealing mix of accommodations—classic, historic “Maine Woods” on the one hand and newly-constructed, off-the-grid, architect-designed on the other. All the huts and lodges are heated, provide hearty, locally-sourced meals and offer comfortable bunkroom-style sleeping arrangements for 4 – 6 persons. The shared facilities include hot showers. Many of the huts are environmentally low impact, producing their own power by means of solar and hydro energy. The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as people gather to spend the night. Single rooms are not available.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Portland, Maine, where we will rendezvous on the first day for a group transfer to our first night’s accommodation, Gorman Chairback Lodge near Greenville, Maine. It is also possible to fly to Boston, Massachusetts, or Manchester, New Hampshire, and transfer to the Portland area by bus, train, shuttle or rental car.

LUGGAGE AND PACKS

Luggage will be transferred each day to the next hut. Extra clothes/items and your sleeping bag must be in a large backpack or a camp duffel with back pack straps. Northface Base Camp duffel or similar; 25 lbs is maximum weight. Normally the shuttle van can drive the extra luggage all the way to the huts on the jeep roads, however if weather or other issues close the access road, the crew needs to carry our extra luggage and having backpacks makes this much easier. The last ½ mile to Grand Falls Hut we will push our extra bags in a hand cart from the end of the dirt access road to the hut. Luggage, including suit case etc. you do not need at all during the hike can stay in the van for the duration of the trip.

MEETING POINT

We will meet as a group on Day 1 at 11:00 am at the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end on the Day 8 with morning transfer back to Portland International Jetport. We will arrive at the airport at about 12:00 noon.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

Our Western Maine Mountains Hut Hike is a great trip for anyone interested in hiking the Appalachian mountains of Maine and experiencing a “European hut-style” vacation close to home. All the lodges and huts used in this itinerary are situated in beautiful, remote, peaceful natural settings that afford the opportunity to experience Maine’s wildlife. The hiking is varied, and our boat transfer to Flagstaff hut provides the opportunity to learn about the history of the lake and the town it flooded. You need to have a sleeping bag for use in the huts. Extra luggage not needed on the day hike will be transferred to each hut. ( One hut we will need to transfer our bags 1/2 mile by hand cart), however, you must pack your extra things in a large pack with straps. Having a Maine naturalist hiking along with us also makes this trip a perfect one for those who would enjoy learning about the flora and fauna of the Maine woods. As Mainers love to say, this 8-day trip is “wicked good.” Join us!

For a more information or to register please call.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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