Trail was in good shape - a bunch of blow downs from the tropical storm but only one that presented a moderate challenge. Great hike and foliage. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Also there needs to be more markers and/or cairns near the summit. Outstanding views. 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. Need good footing/balance crossing brook in several places, but lovely surroundings make the terrain and summit views worth the challenge. ), pp. Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the caribou trail! Photo © Carey Kish. 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. 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. Caribou trail down was uneventful. I wouldn't have found the very narrow, leaf covered trail otherwise. Went up Mud Brook Trail from parking lot, taking about 2.3 hours. Outlet Sale: Up To 50% Off. I feel it should be rated moderate instead of hard but I don't plan on hiking this one again. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. Trail starts out rather flat, uninteresting and muddy but gets more rooty and rocky as you near the summit. 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. 113 making a loop hike very convenient. I got turned around and lost a few times at the summit, otherwise its great. Generally easy hike, with some steep. Very well maintained trail! Directions from Bethel, ME: Travel west on US 2 approximately 9 - 10 miles, turn south onto SR 113. COVID-19 - … No views in today's fog, but a beautiful loop hike. 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. The open areas and rock outcroppings are some of the most extensive, especially for this low elevation. It was very frustrating on the summit, no idea where to go, many places looked like the right direction but led nowhere! The elevation gained from the Route 113 trailhead is about 1,950 feet. The parking lot for Caribou Mountain is just over 3 miles from the height of the land and is located at 963' of elevation. We took the Caribou Trail back down, which was a little more tricky, walking on rocks for a good part of the way. (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.) 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). Rather than wander in search, we headed back down, reaching the parking area in 2 hours 15 minutes. Travel over the two small bridges of Evans Brook. 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. The whole trail network is about 11.4 miles. Not a lot of stress or strain for several truly amazing viewpoints. A pleasant loop hike to the summit of Caribou Mountain, where there are excellent views using the Caribou Mtn. 360 degrees. 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 down was wetter and rockier. Trail up was very good but minimal trail blazes but easy to follow except last little bit at summit. and Mud Brook Trails. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. Route 113 was blocked off, adding 7mi round trip to and from trail. Rugged climb up from the lot on rt 113, came back on Caribou Trail to make a full loop. The steep rocky areas near the top of Mud Brook are easier going up then down. 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. I’d say this hike is moderate, rather than difficult. 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. Get views of the Presidential Range and more from the craggy top of Caribou Mtn near Evans Notch. 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. https://blog.sundayriver.com/top-3-trails-for-hiking-with-dogs-in-the-bethel-area The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Bugs bad at summit, but no problem moving along the trail. 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. Turn right onto Mud Brook Trail and climb to the summit ledges in another half-mile. CARIBOU MOUNTAIN: 5/3/13 This crystal-clear day cried out for good views. 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. 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. Took the advice of others and went counterclockwise (up Mud Brook). 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. Conditions are perfect right now - not much mud. Trails up and down are fairly obvious but on top it is easy to lose with very faded yellow marks. 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. Took only 1.5 hours down Caribou Trail. 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. I went up Caribou and down Mud Brook. with 1900 ft. of elevation gain. Went up Mud Brook, down Caribou, though I think either way would be fine. Trail has beautiful views at the top of the summit and very dense wilderness throughout. Bring a swim suit as Caribou Trail follows a series of waterfalls and swimming holes. Once at the summit I had to back track 3 times to to find Mud Brook Trail to descend. Returned to backpack it on September 3-4, 1995, overnight. Very steady incline, not as difficult as we thought! Both trails share the same parking lot off Rt. 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. 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 Trail Loop. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It was relatively busy today, being Labor Day weekend. We did the loop counter clockwise. 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. 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. 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