Second Maine trail hut opens

Posted Jan. 17, 2009, at 2:11 p.m.

FLAGSTAFF LAKE, Maine — The second in a planned series of huts along skiing and hiking trails across western Maine has formally opened.

The hut at Flagstaff Lake was opened with a ribbon cutting Saturday. For heartier participants, it meant an 11-mile trip by snowshoe or cross-country skis, but shorter trips to the site were available.

The nonprofit Maine Huts & Trails envisions a hut-to-hut trail system in western Maine. When completed, it’s to include up to 12 rustic but comfortable backcountry shelters and more than 180 miles of non-motor trails.

The first hut is in Carrabassett Valley. The second, opened Saturday, is on the shore of Flagstaff Lake near Bigelow Mountain. A donation by Leon and Lisa Gordon of L.L. Bean helped pay for the Flagstaff hut’s construction.