Up in the Carrabassett Valley of Maine lies some of the most beautiful wilderness in New England. Maine Huts and Trails is an outfitter that has three huts located on streams and ponds, all linked by a maintained trail system for hikers in summer and cross country skiers and snowshoers in winter. They have some things going on now that are very attractive.
New groomed powder over a deep base – try a four day package.
Maine Huts and Trails has just reported that they have had an additional six to seven new inches of the light and fluffy stuff over the past 48 hours. Under that new stuff they still have a deep 16 to 26 inch base and all 30 miles of the trails have been recently groomed. Winter isn’t over yet for anyone who still yearns to get out-of-doors. Actually, this is a good time to do it. Daytime temps are warmer, nights are cold. Maine Huts and Trails also has a very inviting three night and four day hut to hut ski/snowshoe trip that includes stays in all three of its huts. The first day is a ski into the Poplar Stream Hut, overnight at the hut with all meals, then an 11.2 mile ski to the Flagstaff Hut (also popular with fishermen), overnight at the hut with all meals. The third day is a 12 mile along the Dead River and past Grand Falls to the new Grand Falls Hut, again followed by dinner and breakfast. On the fourth day the trek is back to the Flagstaff Hut where your car will be waiting for you. The prices include meals and lodging and trekkers gear (except for your day pack) is shuttled by the outfitter from hut to hut. At Flagstaff on the last day you will find your vehicle waiting for you. The price? Only $333 per person ages 13 and up, $199 age 12 and down. There is also a $75 vehicle transfer fee – probably to cover insurance issues. This is one pretty nice deal for a 4 day – 3 night – getaway, but note that the overall trek is about 37 miles over 4 days. Contact them online for details and reservations.
Try spring fishing for trout and salmon.
The other thing that Maine Huts has is the huts as a fishing destination. The season opens on April. Anyone wanting to use the hut should know that the hut is in “caretaker season” which means rates are lower but you have to do your own cooking and clean-up. After May 13 full services are restored. The Dead River, they tell me, has some nice fishing, which makes its name a misnomer of sorts. The Grand Falls Hut, new this year, opens up fishing opportunities in one of Maine’s nicest angling rivers. This river is limited to artificial lures and flies and the part of the river from Grand Falls to Spencer Stream is catch & release only. Maine Huts suggests that “Early season tactics include nymph and stone fly fishing techniques as well as streamer fly fishing.”
Getting to Carrabassett Valley
Use I-95 North from Boston, keping to the left where I-295 breaks off for Portland. At Auburn take the road marker Route 4, 202 north. Follow Route 4 to Route 27 at Fairbanks. I also stays Route 4 for a while but follow the Route 27 signs through Kingfield and into Carrabassett Valley.