Join us as we explore the beautiful and wild western mountains region of Maine on this 4 day/3 night kayak adventure, utilizing the Maine Huts & Trails system, Maine's newest, year-round outdoor adventure destination. During our four days we will stay at the beautiful Flagstaff Lake Hut, named "best Lakeside lodging" by the editors of Yankee Magazine, and also at the Grand Falls hut located on the banks of the Dead River. We'll have a chance to experience the beauty of Maine's lakes and rivers as we make our way from Flagstaff Hut to Grand Falls Hut, hiking the last 2 miles through Maine's scenic woods to the hut. This is a great trip for all levels of paddlers and an opportunity to enjoy some fresh water paddling. Experienced kayakers, take advantage of the clear warm [img 3319] water of the lake to practice rescues, rolling, bracing or any other in-water skills that are less inviting to practice in the cold Maine ocean water.
Trip itinerary / details:
Day 1 - Meet at Maine Huts & Trails Kingfield Office (10am). Drive to put-in on Flagstaff Lake (about a 45 minute drive). Pack boats, paddle, and explore the lake stopping along shore for a picnic lunch. Continue on to the Flagstaff hut to check in, relax, explore the trails, and then sit down to a home-cooked dinner. (Paddling distance about 6 mile)
Day 2 - Enjoy a full breakfast, and then we'll head out with our picnic lunches to continue exploring the lake, working on paddling technique as we go, and capturing great images of the Bigelow Mountain range that looms over the lake. (Paddling distance, flexible depending upon the group)
Day 3 - Paddle 2 miles to Dam access road in the northeast corner of Flagstaff Lake. Shuttle boats and participants to the Dead River access on Dead River Rd. Paddle 6 miles down the lazy, meandering river to the dock on the east bank near island above the old dam. Stash the kayaks on the rack in the woods, grab our gear out of the boats, and proceed by foot to the Grand Falls Hut, stopping near Grand Falls to enjoy our lunch, the beautiful waterfall, and snap some photos. Check in. Enjoy another home-cooked dinner, relax and sleep. (Paddling distance 8 miles total)
Day 4 - Enjoy breakfast. Hike 2 miles back to the kayak rack above the falls. Paddle 6 miles to the Dead River access point. Lunch break. Then shuttle participants back to the parked cars at Round Barn. (Paddling distance 2 miles total)
MH&T members- $540 plus rooms & meals tax
Non-members - $575 plus rooms & meals tax
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Included: All kayaks, paddles, PDF's, kayaking instruction, 2 shuttles, 3 nights lodgingat 2 different hut locations, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts & 3 trail lunches.