The trails to Poplar Hut are part of the larger trail network managed by Maine Huts & Trails. At the Airport Trailhead in Carrabassett Valley, follow the trail into the woods at the end of the airport runway. Continue to the multi-use footbridge that crosses the Carrabassett River. After the bridge, you’ll encounter a five-way intersection. Be sure to read all trail signs closely and refer to your map as needed; this intersection can be tricky. There are two trails on the right; the Huston Brook Road (sharp right along the river) and the Maine Hut Trail (slight right into the woods above and to the left of Huston Brook Road). Follow the Maine Hut Trail into the woods. The trail starts out flat and then increases to rolling terrain with a small uphill climb. After a quick downhill, the trail crosses the Carriage Road (watch for traffic) and continues to a large bridge over Poplar Stream. You now have three options for getting to Poplar Hut (see below). Distance from the Airport Trailhead to the footbridge is 1.1 miles; about 1 hour on foot.
Maine Huts & Trails is comprised of four ‘huts’ connected by about 80 miles of trail. Each hut is open to the public year-round, offering potable water and bathrooms at no charge. There are overnight accommodations for up to 40 people, but reservations must be made in advance. During full-service season, meals are included with overnight lodging, Beer, wine, and retail is available for purchase, and lunch is open to the public on Saturdays & Sundays. During self-service season, reservations are still made in advance, but guests pack in their own food and lodging is at a discounted rate. Check their website below for season dates.
The groomed primary Maine Hut Trail is marked with white diamond-shaped markers and ungroomed side trails are marked with blue blazes and/or blue diamond-shaped markers. Grooming information can be found online at the Maine Huts & Trails trail conditions page. Information on hut services and lodging as well as printed maps are available at the Maine Huts & Trails office in Kingfield. Check out their website below for more detailed information.
Dogs are allowed on the trails from April 15th to November 30th. Dogs are not allowed inside the huts.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
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From the intersection of ME-27 and ME-16 in Kingfield: drive north on ME-27 10.1 miles and turn right just past the Sugarloaf Regional Airport to reach the Airport Trailhead. A sign directs visitors to the Maine Huts & Trails trailhead parking.
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