Again, someone painted 3 (maybe 4) yellow arrows that are very hard to see to point me in the direction I needed to go, other then that no markers at all until your almost back to the parking lot. If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. Mud Brook and Caribou Loop is a 10.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Description The Caribou Loop Trail ties together rugged Black and Caribou Mountains to create over 6 miles of backcountry hiking in Downeast Maine. No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. Mud Brook and Caribou Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. I prefer taking Mud Brook Trail up because it's more varied (lots of gentle sections along the brook, mixed with steeper climbing.) Nothing to worry about. You can experience 200 miles of unforgettable terrain complete with rivers, scenic views, wildflowers, and more. Great hike and foliage. Beautiful hike but because of the rain it was very muddy which was ok going up but treacherous coming down and the trail is not marked well and because of the leaves we got confused a few times. Good call to do it that way: wonderful waterfalls and fun stream crossings on the way up; easier going on the way down. Once at the summit I had to back track 3 times to to find Mud Brook Trail to descend. We are frequently here so we know the way. Trail is in good condition. The Caribou Trail and Mud Brook Trail leave from a common trailhead parking area on ME Route 113 between Hasting Campground and the Basin Recreation Area. Caribou Trail does have some very pretty waterfalls, but after a flat-ish intro, it's kind of a relentless and monotonous moderate climb, which is why I prefer coasting down this route. Whether you're fishing for Muskie, Smallmouth Bass or White The brook is crossed a half-dozen times before the saddle between Caribou and Gammon Mountain is reached. Trip Report Archive. The Caribou summit and much of the surrounding area are part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the caribou trail! Very busy at all trailheads but we only ran into people later due to traveling backwards from most and starting early, Perfect 4 hour hike with minimal rock scaling. Trip report archives compiled by year for posts tagged with Caribou Mountain ME (or within 1.5 miles of it). It was very frustrating on the summit, no idea where to go, many places looked like the right direction but led nowhere! We go up the caribou trail and down mud brook. Saw only one other hiker (clearly experienced based on gear) who set a good pace. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The 2,850-foot peak of Caribou rewards hikers with a nearly 360-degree panorama that takes in the Mahoosuc, Carter-Moriah and Presidential ranges, Mount Royce, Baldface, Speckled Mountain, Pleasant Mountain, Mount Kearsarge, Mount Blue, Tumbledown, Bigelow and Sugarloaf, and countless more … The idea (and map) for this hike again came from the indispensable Maine Mountain Guide’s recommended hikes (see our review of the 11th edition here), and did not disappoint. Trail has beautiful views at the top of the summit and very dense wilderness throughout. The hike is almost always done as a loop hike of both the Caribou Trail and the Mud Brook Trail. and Mud Brook Trails. Mud Brook Trail, Caribou Trail Date of Hike: Friday, July 31, 2020 Parking/Access Road Notes: Small parking lot at the trailhead that can fit 15 cars or so. Bugs bad at summit, but no problem moving along the trail. Great views from top. Tented about 0.2 miles beyond peak. I feel it should be rated moderate instead of hard but I don't plan on hiking this one again. All in all, a wonderful hike with breathtaking views, would highly recommend, We hike this mountain every fall. 360 degrees. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Although woodland caribou once wintered in the area, you are more likely to see moose on this very popular trail. https://blog.sundayriver.com/top-3-trails-for-hiking-with-dogs-in-the-bethel-area Looking at Caribou Mountain from neighboring Red Rock Mountain. First hiked on August 22, 1992, and took Mud Brook Trail to top of Mount Caribou and looped back to road using Caribou Trail. Usually very few people on the trails. Would recommend Caribou Trail up and Mud Brook Trail down, as Mud Brook is less steep and a bit easier on the knees. Went up Mud Brook, down Caribou, though I think either way would be fine. Travel over the two small bridges of Evans Brook. East and West Royce Mountain via Royce Trail, Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail, Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain, Shelburne Moriah Mountain via Shelburne and Kenduskeag Trail, West and East Royce Mountains via the Royce Trail, Shelburne Trail to Kenduskeag Trail to Carter-Moriah Trail, Speckled Mountain via Spruce Hill and Bickford Brook Trails. He has dark lips and circles around his eyes, and on his head is what appears to be a type of lizard that acts as his "hair", with the tail acting as a tuft, covering the right part of his face. We took the Caribou Trail back down, which was a little more tricky, walking on rocks for a good part of the way. Seven miles in length. East and West Royce Mountain via Royce Trail, Bickford Brook Trail to Speckled Mountain, Shelburne Moriah Mountain via Shelburne and Kenduskeag Trail, West and East Royce Mountains via the Royce Trail, Shelburne Trail to Kenduskeag Trail to Carter-Moriah Trail, Speckled Mountain via Spruce Hill and Bickford Brook Trails, Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail. We’ve done this one a numbers of times. The idea (and map) for this hike again came from the indispensable Maine Mountain Guide’s recommended hikes (see our review of the 11th edition here ), and did not disappoint. The idea (and map) for this hike again came from the indispensable Maine Mountain Guide’s recommended hikes (see our review of the 11th edition here), and did not disappoint. We took Mud Brook Trail up, which was awesome, it rolled along side the brook, and up through a beautiful and peaceful pine forest towards the top. It took us almost 3 hours to get to that point, and we had read that markings toward the top/end of the trail (headed toward connection with Caribou Trail) were not great. Went up the muddy brook trail and down the caribou. The views at the top are some of the best in Evans Notch. The Caribou Mountain loop hike combines Caribou and Mud Brook trails. The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. Going up Mud Brook and down Caribou is recommended. He has intimidating eyes with many circles around the pupils (with dark and medium green central heterochromia in the anime), pointed ears, and long limbs. The Caribou summit and much of the surrounding area are part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Trail starts out rather flat, uninteresting and muddy but gets more rooty and rocky as you near the summit. Went up Mud Brook Trail from parking lot, taking about 2.3 hours. Coribou is a very large, rotund, egg-shaped man, towering over his brother as well as the rest of their crew. Recent rains helped the brooks and waterfalls a bit. It’s one of my family’s favorite views (see photo above). Agree that trail markers need updating. Great hike. Moderate, loop, 6.9 miles, 1,900 feet elevation gain; Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed. 184-186. Very steady incline, not as difficult as we thought! Great hike, we finished the loop in 3 hours and 45mins. Caribou Trail Loop. Visit Salomon to help support TrailsNH. There is a trail on the right before you cross heading down to the pool, if you’re not paying attention you’ll miss the trail crossing like i did and wander a round for a while looking for it. ), pp. But still not too bad. I got turned around and lost a few times at the summit, otherwise its great. No cell service, no other hikers, deep snow banks towards the top, and substantial potential for moose encounter makes this hike a no go until peak season. Caribou Mountain in Evans Notch features a double-topped summit, and provides some of the best views in the area. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to … No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to the summit ledges in another half-mile. Trail down was wetter and rockier. Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Morrison Brook on the N, while the Mud Brook Trail ascends via the valley of Mud Brook on the S. These trails are usually combined into a scenic loop hike of 7.0 mi. We hiked the whole length of the Mud Brook Trail and returned back along the Caribou Trail so that we could hike in a loop and not retrace our steps. Wonderful hike yesterday. His legs are rather skinny and thin in comparison to the rest of his body. It is a little over 12 miles, I was thinking since it was a loop the total was 6.6 but in actuality a bit over 12. The views are spectacular. Caribou Mountain, ME Trails: Mud Brook Trail, Caribou Trail Date of Hike: Sunday, May 31, 2020 Parking/Access Road Notes: Nice parking off of 113... it does have a trailhead outhouse but it’s closed. Rather than wander in search, we headed back down, reaching the parking area in 2 hours 15 minutes. Great views near the top that you don't get going up Caribou, EXTREMELY poorly marked at the summit, few blazes and very worn down, few cairns. COVID-19 - … Albany Brook Trailhead Albany Notch Trailhead Alpine Garden Trailhead Appalachia Trailhead Barnes Field Group Campground Burnt Mill Brook Trailhead Caribou East Trailhead Caribou West / Mud Brook Trailhead Carter / Moriah At times you're walking through literal corridors of gold and burnt orange, and the view from the summit surpasses many vistas you might find on 4,000 footers. Many muddy pits along Mud Brook, mostly avoidable. If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. 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