Mud Brook and Caribou Loop. There were some pretty fun water crossings to start, so just be careful and grab a walking stick to help you across. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to the summit ledges in another half-mile. In October 2018, we hiked Caribou Mountain (2,850 ft) via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails, a moderate 6.9 mile loop, which took us a bit over four hours. Directions from Bethel, ME: Travel west on US 2 approximately 9 - 10 miles, turn south onto SR 113. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to the summit ledges in another half-mile. Typically spectacular Evans Notch area hike. The steep rocky areas near the top of Mud Brook are easier going up then down. For those interested in fishing Caribou's lakes, reservoirs and streams, there are some excellent choices including Mud Brook, Kelly Brook and Caribou Mill Pond Dam. Caribou is a tall man with dark skin and dark hair reaching down to his shoulders, a distinctive wet-looking tuft giving him his epithet, and a beard in the shape of a whirl going upwards on his chin. Recommended by AMC's Maine Mountain Guide, available at local Eastern Mountain Sports stores. Just f.y.i. Follow Mud Brook Trail down and along the watercourse back to the trailhead. Trail is in good condition. The hike is pretty easy. You do pass the waterfalls which are a pretty feature. Photo © Carey Kish. Not as clearly marked today. Description The Caribou Loop Trail ties together rugged Black and Caribou Mountains to create over 6 miles of backcountry hiking in Downeast Maine. The best way to hike Caribou Mountain is up the Mud Brook Trail and down the Caribou Trail. The whole trail network is about 11.4 miles. We hiked up the mountain via the Mud Brook Trail and loop back down the Caribou Trail. The views at the top are some of the best in Evans Notch. The hike took me round trip 4 hours the guide book says 5 i was probably moving fast to get away from the bugs. Great hike, beautiful views at the summit. Whether you're fishing for Muskie, Smallmouth Bass or White It’s a lovely hike, but definitely challenging if you’re a casual hiker. Not too many people and wonderful views. https://blog.sundayriver.com/top-3-trails-for-hiking-with-dogs-in-the-bethel-area We took a bunch of short breaks and ate lunch at the summit and it took us about 5 hours or so! A pleasant loop hike to the summit of Caribou Mountain, where there are excellent views using the Caribou Mtn. The leaves had fallen on the trail and with hardly any markers it made it difficult to keep track of the trail. 184-186. Also when done, follow Rt 113 to the north a few minutes and visit the Wild River, great place to soak your feet. 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. If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. Caribou Mountain in Evans Notch features a double-topped summit, and provides some of the best views in the area. Very poorly marked especially towards the top. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Mud Brook Trail meets and ends (or begins) with Caribou Trail (WP Trail Intersection) The intersection is at a small open flat spot that opens out widely and offers a brief respite from the tangled undergrowth that infested this section of the trail. 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. Will try again in summer or fall. Caribou trail down was uneventful. Great hike and foliage. The brook is crossed a half-dozen times before the saddle between Caribou and Gammon Mountain is reached. 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. Great views from top. (As an aside, Caribou Trail is definitely more interesting with a few easy water crossings, though I wonder if they are more difficult in spring.) 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. The views are definitely worth the trip. Visit Salomon to help support TrailsNH. We are frequently here so we know the way. Went up Mud Brook, down Caribou, though I think either way would be fine. No trail markings, but we were mostly able to follow (strayed off twice - once up, once down - but recovered without wandering too far from trail). I got turned around and lost a few times at the summit, otherwise its great. The foliage on Thursday 10/15 was incredible. 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. Do not hike in off-season. Saw only one other hiker (clearly experienced based on gear) who set a good pace. Conditions are perfect right now - not much mud. 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 … One of my all-time favorite hikes in the Whites seems to get more beautiful each time. The Caribou Trail never gets too difficult as it ascends into the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, but it does pass through some beautiful hardwood forest. Caribou and Mud Brook Trail Loop– 6.2 miles, Advanced Trailhead –70.97544, 44.33592 As today, abundant 19th century timber resources in Evan’s Notch included Eastern hemlock, red spruce and northern hardwoods such as American beech, sugar maple and yellow birch. A pleasant loop hike to the summit of Caribou Mountain, where there are excellent views using the Caribou Mtn. 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. You can experience 200 miles of unforgettable terrain complete with rivers, scenic views, wildflowers, and more. Usually very few people on the trails. Rather than wander in search, we headed back down, reaching the parking area in 2 hours 15 minutes. Caribou and Mud Brook Trail Loop– 6.2 miles, Advanced Trailhead –70.97544, 44.33592 As today, abundant 19th century timber resources in Evan’s Notch included 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. This loop can be done in both directions. All in all, a wonderful hike with breathtaking views, would highly recommend, We hike this mountain every fall. No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. Very steady incline, not as difficult as we thought! Need good footing/balance crossing brook in several places, but lovely surroundings make the terrain and summit views worth the challenge. Seven miles in length. The Caribou Mountain loop hike combines Caribou and Mud Brook trails. Some awesome deals from Salomon. Went up the muddy brook trail and down the caribou. When exploring Caribou’s Saw lots of moose droppings approaching the summit which made us nervous, especially since the trail got narrow. Get views of the Presidential Range and more from the craggy top of Caribou Mtn near Evans Notch. It was very frustrating on the summit, no idea where to go, many places looked like the right direction but led nowhere! 347 likes. Overall a great hike the bugs were insane on the descent. Trail starts out rather flat, uninteresting and muddy but gets more rooty and rocky as you near the summit. The trailhead may be found about 5 miles down the road on the left (east). Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail is a 11.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Great hike, we finished the loop in 3 hours and 45mins. At the junction in the col between Caribou and Gammon, I turned onto the Mud Brook Trail for the final half mile. Waterfall was nice - worth the side trip down. Our family of 5, kids ranging from 9-17 years old, really enjoyed this hike. I feel it should be rated moderate instead of hard but I don't plan on hiking this one again. and Mud Brook Trails. I’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. Trail has beautiful views at the top of the summit and very dense wilderness throughout. If you are looking for a fun, exciting and challenging trail ride in Southeast Idaho, look no further than Caribou Loop Trail. Moderate, loop, 6.9 miles, 1,900 feet elevation gain; Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed. 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. Outstanding views. The parking lot holds about a dozen cars and I don't think it ever really fills up except on massively busy summer holidays. It’s one of my family’s favorite views (see photo above). This is a rocky trail and you have to watch your footing for nearly the majority of the 7 mile trek to avoid twisting an ankle on the rocks and If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. 360 views from the top. We took the Caribou Trail back down, which was a little more tricky, walking on rocks for a good part of the way. Headed up Mud Brook and down Caribou, definitely a better choice! The trail is well worn when you reach the summit you’ll see a few small cairns but you need to really look for them. If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. We did the loop counter clockwise. 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 Caribou Trail Loop. The Caribou summit and much of the surrounding area are part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain 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. It can be accessed by a loop like via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails from Route 113, or via an out-and back hike via the Caribou Trail from Bog Road. 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. Returned to backpack it on September 3-4, 1995, overnight. We did the loop, ascending via the Caribou Trail from 113 and descending on the Mud Brook Trail. COVID-19 - … The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. 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. Great hike. He dons dark pants and shoes, and a lighter shirt with blood splatters on some parts near and on his neck (hence his nickname), with loose sleeves … The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. 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. Dogs are also Generally easy hike, with some steep. Our descent was 2 hours. Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the caribou trail! We got to the rock surface not far from the summit, having covered 5/6ths of the Mud Brook Trail, but chose to eat lunch and head back down. Rugged climb up from the lot on rt 113, came back on Caribou Trail to make a full loop. Went up Mud Brook Trail from parking lot, taking about 2.3 hours. Route 113 was blocked off, adding 7mi round trip to and from trail. 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. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to … Beautiful views and not as crowded as Blueberry Mountain. The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. Outlet Sale: Up To 50% Off. We recorded 7 miles r/t. 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. Took only 1.5 hours down Caribou Trail. In October 2018, we hiked Caribou Mountain (2,850 ft) via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails, a moderate 6.9 mile loop, which took us a bit over four hours. ), pp. I’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. I hiked up the Mud brook trail to the summit of Caribou and returned using the Mud brook trail to the Caribou trail. It was relatively busy today, being Labor Day weekend. Trails up and down are fairly obvious but on top it is easy to lose with very faded yellow marks. At one of the brook crossings it looks like it continues up along side the brook but luckily someone had spray painted a yellow arrow (very faint) on a log, pointing me in the direction to cross. Great 460 views at summit and some great views just before summit. Many muddy pits along Mud Brook, mostly avoidable. I prefer taking Mud Brook Trail up because it's more varied (lots of gentle sections along the brook, mixed with steeper climbing.) Trail up was very good but minimal trail blazes but easy to follow except last little bit at summit. Looking at Caribou Mountain from neighboring Red Rock Mountain. Nothing to worry about. His legs are rather skinny and thin in comparison to the rest of his body. Not a lot of markers but you don't need them. Trip Report Archive. Bring a swim suit as Caribou Trail follows a series of waterfalls and swimming holes. Trail was in good shape - a bunch of blow downs from the tropical storm but only one that presented a moderate challenge. This hike really impressed me. Caribou Mountain is located in the 14,000-acre Caribou … Terrain Map: Caribou Mountain in Evans Notch on EveryTrail.com This trail will test your fitness level but it’s worth the climb. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Although woodland caribou once wintered in the area, you are more likely to see moose on this very popular trail. Tented about 0.2 miles beyond peak. Recent rains helped the brooks and waterfalls a bit. 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. The parking lot for Caribou Mountain is just over 3 miles from the height of the land and is located at 963' of elevation. One hundred ninety two miles of the most beautiful/legal rides you can take on your side by side, motorcycle, bicycle, horse, ATV, or on foot. Travel over the two small bridges of Evans Brook. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Just past the pine forest is a smaller rocky outcrop with beautiful views but keep going about another 20 minutes and you reach the peak, with absolutely stunning views. Several water crossings here, with wet leaves and rocks throughout, but little running water down the trails. Took about 1.5 hours up. 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. The first part of the trail heads out from the parking lot and parallels RT113 for a little ways before heading away … Only 2 complaints: the trail (especially up) is pretty straight and monotonous so it is kind of a boring first ~2 miles. Going up Mud Brook and down Caribou is recommended. Jul 31 | Caribou Mountain, ME via Mud Brook Trail, Caribou Trail by: NHhiker95 / newenglandtrailconditions. Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Loped back to lot the next day using Caribou Trail. The trail is narrow, steep in places with lots of rocks and roots. I’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. 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. A lot of beautiful Brooks but a ton of water so wear your waterproof hiking boots. The hike is almost always done as a loop hike of both the Caribou Trail and the Mud Brook Trail. and Mud Brook Trails. The caribou trail is well worn but when get close to the waterfalls and big pool pay close attention the trail crosses over the brook at the top of the falls. It is a cross-section through Fundy’s forest ecosystems with a thick evergreen stand, leafy hardwood groves 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. Best payoff for level of exertion. Not a lot of stress or strain for several truly amazing viewpoints. We go up the caribou trail and down mud brook. In October 2018, we hiked Caribou Mountain (2,850 ft) via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails, a moderate 6.9 mile loop, which took us a bit over four hours. The Caribou summit and much of the surrounding area are part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. First hiked on August 22, 1992, and took Mud Brook Trail to top of Mount Caribou and looped back to road using Caribou Trail. 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. The parking lot for Caribou Mountain is just over 3 miles from the height of the land and is located at 963' of elevation. Bugs bad at summit, but no problem moving along the trail. Again, the views at the top are great. Trip report archives compiled by year for posts tagged with Caribou Mountain ME (or within 1.5 miles of it). 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. Excellent views up top! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I went up Caribou and down Mud Brook. As someone who often gets lost with a well marked trail, I can tell you that the trail was easy to follow - not a single wrong turn. Both trails share the same parking lot off Rt. 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. Was half-full both int he morning and afternoon. Took the advice of others and went counterclockwise (up Mud Brook). 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. I’d classify this as a moderate hike with 1900 feet of elevation and an estimated hike time of 5 … In all, the Mud Brook Trail carries you 3.6 miles back to the Caribou West/Mud Brook Trailhead for a total loop distance of 6.7 miles. 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. Agree that trail markers need updating. Great hike with beautiful views! Great loop hike. 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. We’ve done this one a numbers of times. Evan's Notch Loop is a 35.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. But still not too bad. Our ascent was 3 hours, but that included stops along the way. with 1900 ft. of elevation gain. The parking lot holds about a dozen cars and I don't think it ever really fills up except on massively busy summer holidays. Once at the summit I had to back track 3 times to to find Mud Brook Trail to descend. October, 2010 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. The open areas and rock outcroppings are some of the most extensive, especially for this low elevation. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. In October 2018, we hiked Caribou Mountain (2,850 ft) via the Caribou and Mud Brook Trails, a moderate 6.9 mile loop, which took us a bit over four hours. As others have said the trail markings are almost nonexistent. 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. Also there needs to be more markers and/or cairns near the summit. Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station , Augusta, ME, 04333-0059, Phone: (888) 624-6345. One critique is that there are hardly any trail markers-the trails were easy enough to find on the way up and down, but at the top it was difficult to make out where the trail was (especially since there was a sign at the top saying to stay on the trail because there were rare plants around...but the actual trail at the top was hardly marked at all). I first hiked this trail 20 years ago, the trail was marked very clearly back then. Wonderful hike yesterday. I went up Mud Brook, which I recommend, as going down Caribou is easier on the knees. Only warning is sun is setting early these days - make sure you leave plenty of time as the hike takes ~4 hours (with some time at the top) and it was pretty dark hiking at 4:30. Trail down was wetter and rockier. Be aware Mud Brook is poorly marked at the summit, and along the trail itself. I wouldn't have found the very narrow, leaf covered trail otherwise. 113 making a loop hike very convenient. Went up via Mud Book. Just be careful of the steeper muddy sections with all the downed leaves. 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. Great 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. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. Very well maintained trail! Coribou is a very large, rotund, egg-shaped man, towering over his brother as well as the rest of their crew. The views are spectacular. 360 degrees. Would recommend Caribou Trail up and Mud Brook Trail down, as Mud Brook is less steep and a bit easier on the knees. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Great hike with some cool small waterfalls and a great view at the top. Please be prepared as this portions of this trail are rocky. Good call to do it that way: wonderful waterfalls and fun stream crossings on the way up; easier going on the way down. Went up Mud Brook, down Caribou, though I think either way would be fine. 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