Maine Huts & Trails impresses guests with green features

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 16:13

Those people looking for a wilderness adventure can take a trek three miles to the Stratton Brook Hut, the latest addition to the Maine Huts & Trails network. The Bangor Daily News reports that the energy-efficient hut is the organization's first alpine lodge intended to house hikers.

The structure is nestled between Sugarloaf Mountain and the Bigelow Range and is on an outcropping that sits 1,880 feet above sea level. The Stratton Brook Hut is the fourth of 12 planned environmentally friendly buildings in western Maine that, once complete, will consist of 180 miles of trail. According to the news source, only 80 miles are so far covered with the recent opening of the Stratton Brook Hut.

"I think this is our best hut yet," MH&T executive director Nicole Freedman told the news source. "We've been able to take lessons learned from the other huts - the changes are from the tiniest detail."
The changes Freedman reference include many different modern, energy-efficient technologies. The Bangor Daily News reports that while each lodge is green, the Stratton Brook excels due to solar technology, radiant floor heating and exceptional insulation. Each bunkhouse is heated with radiant floor heating to reduce heat loss and to quickly warm the chill away from guests' bones after hiking the winter trails.
"One of the most impressive things in this journey in building at this particular location is the commitment and the capacity of local people to contribute what they can to make this happen," said architect and nature photographer John Orcutt.