KINGFIELD, Maine — A former Olympic cyclist has been hired as the new executive director of an organization that’s developing a backcountry network of huts along 180 miles of trails in Maine’s western mountains.
Nicole Freedman begins this month as head of Maine Huts and Trails.
A member of the 2000 Olympic cycling team, Freedman has served as director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston the past five years.
Maine Huts and Trails was formed with the long-term aim of building 12 overnight shelters and nonmotorized trails stretching from near the New Hampshire border to the Moosehead Lake region. Each shelter has a main lodge, private rooms with beds, hot showers and home-cooked meals.
So far, the organization has built three huts along 50 miles of trails.