|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Caribou Mountain, ME|
||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. Was half-full both int he morning and afternoon. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Plenty of water crossings on this one, but all were easy today. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some duck-unders on Mud Brook but nothing challenging. Trails were otherwise mostly good, although the upper stretch of the caribou trail was a little eroded in spots.
Some people have noted that the Mud Brook trail is hard to follow in the summit area, and I generally agree with that. However, there were a few small cairns that guided you in the right direction, and I don't think the average hiker will struggle too much if they have a good sense of direction. |
||Only one calm golden today. A little surprised considering this came off as a very dog-friendly hike. |
||Never a big issue, but they were popping up on the descent by the brooks. |
|Lost and Found:
||First time I've ever hiked in Maine, and it'll be tough to top this one. This turned out to be a pleasant loop around a very scenic mountain, which not only has phenominal views, but follows and crosses plenty of brooks and cascades. I even thought that the forests themselves were a lot nicer than most. Went up Mud river and down Caribou. I don't think it really matters which way you do it, but the Mud river trail was less rough and made for a pretty easy ascent (and probably a better descent). This trail probably lives up to its name after a wet day, but this wasn't one of them (lots of mud but it was mostly avoidable. |
The true summit is the northern nob, but take a break at both as they provide different yet very wide views of surrounding regions! Particularly great views of Evans Notch and the baldfaces, which are pretty close by to the south.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.