Dogsledding Trips

Weekend Dogsledding and Nordic Skiing Trips in the North Woods of Maine

Our two- and three-day weekend trips are in the Umbagog Lake and Mahoosuc Mountain areas. Activities for all weekend trips include mushing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The only difference is that on the second day of the three-day weekend, we take a day trip from our base camp by dog team and cross-country skis. Two people per sled work with the dog teams on all weekend trips, except the all mush three-day weekend trips.

Our weekend trips begin at 7 p.m. the first day, when we outfit you with winter equipment, answer questions, and review the itinerary. The following morning, we head out with the huskies for two or three days on the trail. We return around 4 p.m. on the last day.  You will need to make reservations to stay with us in our lodge, farmhouse bed and breakfast, or a local hotel or bed and breakfast the first night for an additional fee.

All you need to bring is warm clothing and a sense of adventure. We provide food and all specialized winter equipment, such as skis, poles, boots, parkas, gaiters, sleeping bags, and ensolite pad.

Winter travel can be physically challenging. The better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy your trip. If you are relatively inactive, start exercising at least one month before your trip. You should be able to ski or snowshoe four miles with a light pack. While we’re on the trail, we camp in the traditional style of the Northcanvas wall tents heated with wood stovesaccommodations will be in the traditional camp of the north—canvas tents with a balsam fir bough floor. The tents are equipped and heated with wood stoves.

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Mahoosuc Intro (2 days)

$785 per person

New Years Trip Dec. 30-Jan. 1
Begin the New Year Jan. 1-3
End of January Mush Jan. 29-31
February Mush Feb. 5-7
President’s Day Mush Feb. 12-14
End of winter Mush Mar. 19-21

Umbagog Lake (3 days)

$895 per person

New Years Eve Dec. 29-Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Jan. 15-18
February Mush Feb. 4-7
Presidents Day Feb. 12-15
Early March Mush Mar. 4-7

 Women’s Weekend Trips

Mahoosuc Intro Mush/Ski
January 29-31
$785 per person

Umbagog Lake
February 4-7
$895 per person

Calling any women adventurers! Join us on an exciting action-packed weekend of cross-country skiing and dogsledding on Umbagog Lake. This follows the same format as our weekend dog sledding trips but provides the special opportunity to share this experience with other women.

All-Mush Two-Day Overnight Weekend

$1250 per person

January 8-10

January 22-24

February 19-21

March 12-14

On our two-day all-mush trips, you travel to and from our winter camps by dog team. These trips have two mushers per sled with a team ranging from five to six dogs.

After a Mushing 101 lesson on Saturday morning, we travel by dog sled across Umbagog Lake to one of our overnight camps. While we’re there, you can snowshoe and/or cross-country ski from camp. On the return trip (conditions permitting), we take a different route across the lake.

Day Trips

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(mid-week and some weekends)

$325 per person weekdays
$350 per person weekends & Xmas holiday week

Day trips on Umbagog Lake or gentle trails in the Mahoosuc Mountains are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and some weekends from mid-December through mid-March. We provide a hearty, homemade lunch cooked over a campfire, as well as insulated winter parkas and warm boots. Book early, because these trips fill fast.

To check availability, call us at (207) 824-2074 or email  mahoosucguides@gmail.com.

Northern Classic Dogsledding Trips

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Our Northern Classic trips are a minimum of three days, and there’s one person per sled. This allows us to travel farther (6-20 miles per day) and offers the more opportunities to get to know the huskies and work with them. We bring skis and/or snowshoes to explore the country around the camps. We limit each trip to five guests to accommodate individual interests.

All Mush Three-Day Weekends

$1550 per person

 January 7-10               February 11-14

March 11-14               March 18-21

Our three-day all-mush weekend follow a linear route, allowing us to stop at a different camp every night. The trip starts with a Mushing 101 lesson. From there, we cross the lake or an easy trail through the woods to the first night’s camp. The second day is a mix of lake and trails covering approximately 15 miles. On the last day, we travel back to our vehicles across the lake and trails. The route varies depending on the trail conditions. We allow time to snowshoe and cross-country ski from our camps.

Cabin-to-Cabin Trips

Maine Wilderness Lodges
January 24-29
$2,525 per person 

This six-day trip is located in the 100-mile wilderness area northeast of Moosehead Lake and has an interesting variety of trails. We mush to four different lodges that the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) operates: Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford, West Branch Pond Camps (operated by fourth-generation owner Eric Stirling), and Medawisla Wilderness Camp. This is our premier cabin-to-cabin trip in Maine, and the food is excellent!

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Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument
$1895 per person

February 21-26 

Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument is our nation’s newest National Monument. It was established in 2016. This trip follows a trail system just west of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. We stay at three different cabins: Matagamon, Haskell Deadwater, and Big Spring Brook. Trip highlights include beautiful mountain views and a chance to see Haskell Rock Pitch in all its splendor.

Dogsledding the Rapid River Country (tent camping)

March 2-6
$2125 per person

This trip is a nice mix of lake and trail mushing. We will stay at three different campsites: two on lakes and one on the Magalloway River. We mush past the cabin where Louise Dickinson Rich wrote We Took to the Woods.

The Rapid River country is rich in wildlife. We often see whitetail deer, moose, coyotes, and river otters. Part of the trail runs along a section of the river with Class III & IV rapids, which never freeze. We camp in canvas tents heated with wood stoves.

Winter Cultural Experiences with the Cree and Inuit

Snowshoeing with the Cree
Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec
March 22 – 31
$3125 per person

Northern lights. Frozen bogs. Wolves howling. Welcome to Chitichiinnu, the land of the Cree. During this trip, we travel by snowshoe to visit some bush camps of our Cree guides, David and Anna Bosum. They join us to share their vast knowledge of hunting, trapping, and fishing. You can help set a fish net under the ice, trap beaver, and set snares for snowshoe hare. And you can try country food such as fresh walleye, moose, beaver, bear, or goose. This is a very rare, rich cultural experience!

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Dogsledding with the Inuit of Nunavik: Kuujjuaq to Tasiujaq

April 2-11
$6185 per person
(includes airfare from Montreal)

Nunavik is the arctic region of Quebec, where the northern lights are a common sight. On this trip, we travel with Allen Gordon, an Inuk musher from Kuujjuaq. The trail between the two villages is about 100 miles throughout habitat ranging from boreal treeline to tundra. Along the way, we’ll try ice fishing for arctic char.

Wildlife includes caribou, wolf, arctic fox, and a living relic from the ice age—the musk ox. Most of the food is local fare, such as caribou, ptarmigan, and char.

The warmth, humility, and self-reliance of the Inuit will stay with you long after this arctic adventure.

Custom Trips

We can design custom trips for groups to any of the areas where we guide: Maine, Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, James and Hudson Bays, and Nunavik. Call us at (207) 824-2073 or email mahoosucguides@gmail.com if you would like to discuss the possibilities.

Instructional Day

$495 per person

If you’re a more serious musher, this workshop allows you to drive your own team of huskies. We give detailed instruction on training a team, hooking up a team, driving the team, handling the sled, etc.

For more information, contact Kevin or Polly at (207) 824-2074 or mahoosucguides@gmail.com.

Children ages 13 and younger receive a 25% discount on all trips.

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