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Peaks
Peaks Caribou Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Caribou Trail, Mud Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I was the only car in the lot on arrival, there was one other when I left 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No major water crossings on this hike 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One notable blowdowns just before the wilderness boundary, but mostly well-cleared 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would be a good hike for dogs; saw a few at the summit 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Cold weather hiking season is here in the Western Maine Mountains. Today I ascended Caribou Mountain from the east. The first few turns which others have said could be confusing are now well-marked with arrows on trees. 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.

At the junction in the col between Caribou and Gammon, I turned onto the Mud Brook Trail for the final half mile. At the summit, the views were outstanding, but it was very cold and windy. From the summit the views stretch from Sebago Lake to Mount Blue, Elephant Mountain, and the Presidentials.

Caribou has an expansive area of summit ledges which are fun to explore. Different views can be had from a variety of outcroppings, including one excellent cliff-top view to the east.

This was my first time up Caribou and I would say that it is now one of my favorites! I'll be back to climb it from the west.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-25 
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