We hiked up the mountain via the Mud Brook Trail and loop back down the Caribou 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. A pleasant loop hike to the summit of Caribou Mountain, where there are excellent views using the Caribou Mtn. October, 2010 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 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. The parking lot holds about a dozen cars and I don't think it ever really fills up except on massively busy summer holidays. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to the summit ledges in another half-mile. Our ascent was 3 hours, but that included stops along the way. We go up the caribou trail and down mud brook. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. The brook is crossed a half-dozen times before the saddle between Caribou and Gammon Mountain is reached. No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. Trail up was very good but minimal trail blazes but easy to follow except last little bit at summit. A lot of beautiful Brooks but a ton of water so wear your waterproof hiking boots. The first part of the trail heads out from the parking lot and parallels RT113 for a little ways before heading away … Good call to do it that way: wonderful waterfalls and fun stream crossings on the way up; easier going on the way down. 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. Great Jul 31 | Caribou Mountain, ME via Mud Brook Trail, Caribou Trail by: NHhiker95 / newenglandtrailconditions. https://blog.sundayriver.com/top-3-trails-for-hiking-with-dogs-in-the-bethel-area We recorded 7 miles r/t. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. 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. with 1900 ft. of elevation gain. Also there needs to be more markers and/or cairns near the summit. Be aware Mud Brook is poorly marked at the summit, and along the trail itself. Caribou Mountain is located in the 14,000-acre Caribou … 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 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. If you are looking for a fun, exciting and challenging trail ride in Southeast Idaho, look no further than Caribou Loop Trail. Excellent views up top! 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. Took only 1.5 hours down Caribou Trail. Although woodland caribou once wintered in the area, you are more likely to see moose on this very popular trail. Our descent was 2 hours. We took the Caribou Trail back down, which was a little more tricky, walking on rocks for a good part of the way. It was relatively busy today, being Labor Day weekend. Went up via Mud Book. Will try again in summer or fall. Caribou trail down was uneventful. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Visit Salomon to help support TrailsNH. I feel it should be rated moderate instead of hard but I don't plan on hiking this one again. 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. 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. Directions from Bethel, ME: Travel west on US 2 approximately 9 - 10 miles, turn south onto SR 113. Headed up Mud Brook and down Caribou, definitely a better choice! 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 whole trail network is about 11.4 miles. I went up Caribou and down Mud Brook. I’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Returned to backpack it on September 3-4, 1995, overnight. We’ve done this one a numbers of times. Great loop hike. I prefer taking Mud Brook Trail up because it's more varied (lots of gentle sections along the brook, mixed with steeper climbing.) 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. It’s a lovely hike, but definitely challenging if you’re a casual hiker. Agree that trail markers need updating. Bring a swim suit as Caribou Trail follows a series of waterfalls and swimming holes. 113 making a loop hike very convenient. 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. I got turned around and lost a few times at the summit, otherwise its great. His legs are rather skinny and thin in comparison to the rest of his body. Get views of the Presidential Range and more from the craggy top of Caribou Mtn near Evans Notch. The open areas and rock outcroppings are some of the most extensive, especially for this low elevation. 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. 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. I wouldn't have found the very narrow, leaf covered trail otherwise. I went up Mud Brook, which I recommend, as going down Caribou is easier on the knees. Follow Mud Brook Trail down and along the watercourse back to the trailhead. You do pass the waterfalls which are a pretty feature. Conditions are perfect right now - not much mud. 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. Maine Office of Tourism, 59 State House Station , Augusta, ME, 04333-0059, Phone: (888) 624-6345. 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. We did the loop counter clockwise. Trail has beautiful views at the top of the summit and very dense wilderness throughout. Caribou Trail Loop. Trail starts out rather flat, uninteresting and muddy but gets more rooty and rocky as you near the summit. Great views from top. Generally easy hike, with some steep. Not a lot of stress or strain for several truly amazing viewpoints. 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. 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. The trailhead may be found about 5 miles down the road on the left (east). A pleasant loop hike to the summit of Caribou Mountain, where there are excellent views using the Caribou Mtn. Took about 1.5 hours up. Trail down was wetter and rockier. Going up Mud Brook and down Caribou is recommended. Route 113 was blocked off, adding 7mi round trip to and from trail. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. We hiked up the mountain via the Mud Brook Trail and loop back down the Caribou Trail. Best payoff for level of exertion. Saw only one other hiker (clearly experienced based on gear) who set a good pace. Just f.y.i. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. Many muddy pits along Mud Brook, mostly avoidable. I hiked up the Mud brook trail to the summit of Caribou and returned using the Mud brook trail to the Caribou trail. Very well maintained trail! The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. 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. Do not hike in off-season. If you just do the Caribou Trail-Mud Brook Trail loop, it’s about 6.7 miles. 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. As others have said the trail markings are almost nonexistent. The Caribou summit and much of the surrounding area are part of the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. We took a bunch of short breaks and ate lunch at the summit and it took us about 5 hours or so! The foliage on Thursday 10/15 was incredible. Would recommend Caribou Trail up and Mud Brook Trail down, as Mud Brook is less steep and a bit easier on the knees. Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Trip Report Archive. Very steady incline, not as difficult as we thought! But still not too bad. and Mud Brook Trails. The hike is pretty easy. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. We did the loop, ascending via the Caribou Trail from 113 and descending on the Mud Brook Trail. 347 likes. 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. Both trails share the same parking lot off Rt. Beautiful views and not as crowded as Blueberry Mountain. 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. No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. and Mud Brook Trails. Overall a great hike the bugs were insane on the descent. Great hike with beautiful views! 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