Maine Huts & Trails, the hut-to-hut multi-use trail in Maine’s western mountains, got a big boost this weekend with the opening of its third hut, this one situated near Grand Falls of the Dead River. This makes three huts on the trail, which now extends from Carrabassett Valley to The Forks, making it an ideal long-weekend escape for any season.
All three off-the-grid huts (others are at Poplar Falls and on the shores of Flagstaff Lake) have hot showers, composting toilets, and a central lodge, where hearty meals are served family style. The dorms and family cabins are heated to 62 degrees; bunks with mattresses are equipped with pillows and fleece blankets; guests need to bring sheets or sleeping blankets. Depending upon location and season, you can hike, paddle, bike, ski, or snowshoe between them. All are family oriented. You won’t find a better way to immerse yourself in the glory of Maine in autumn (or any season, for that matter).