Western Maine Hut Hike
Stream Crossing, Western Maine Hut Hike
Western Maine Vista
Taking a break, Western Maine Hut Hike
Western Maine Hut Hiking
Maine Hut dinner
Morning on the lake, Western Maine Hut Hike
Sunset, Western Maine Hut Hike

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 B&B, Mountain Huts, Small Inns
Group size 6-10
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost
Single Supp Cost

Hiking Trip Summary

After over 30 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 backyard.

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.”

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.


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Additional Information


  • 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!


Optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, tips to guides, insurance. 


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.


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 will be transferred each day to the next hut. You need to have a sleeping bag for use in the huts. Extra luggage not needed on the day hikes will be transferred to each hut. (We will need to transfer our bags 1/2 mile by hand cart to one Hut); however, you must pack your extra gear in a large pack with 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. For 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. Additional luggage you won't need access to during the hike can be left in the van for the duration of the trip. See our sample packing list.


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


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


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 that was flooded for its creation.

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!


Please contact us for a more detailed itinerary, for more information, or to register. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into this guided Western Maine Hut Hike experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 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 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 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, 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 and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, 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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