Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Caribou Mountain, ME
Trails: Caribou Trail, Mud Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 15, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for maybe a half-dozen vehicles in the parking area at the end of Bog Rd. The last part of Bog Rd. is dirt - there are some potholes right at the beginning, but most of the rest of the road is in good condition. Any car can get to the trailhead - a Honda Fit was there when I got back. Route 113 through Evans Notch is currently closed - I heard from the Maine DOT that they're anticipating opening it on May 25, but that should be confirmed before making any plans that include it. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock-hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of blowdowns that required bushwhacking around. Several sections of the trail are wet - the worst was one in the upper half of the trail that was at least 100 yds of mud bog. Signs are all in place. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Shouldn't have any issues. 
Bugs: Not much in the morning, and none at the higher elevations or the summit since the wind was blowing quite well. They swarmed when I stopped to have lunch on the way down, and were coming out in larger numbers for the rest of the hike out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: The eastern half of Caribou Trail is a pleasant route to the summit of Caribou Mountain. Grades are mostly easy or moderate with only a few steep sections, and those steep sections (like the rest of the trail) generally had good footing. It's clear that a relative lack of use has been kind to this trail - as soon as I reached the col and hopped on Mud Brook Trail for the final half-mile to the summit, the footing became significantly rougher and rockier since that section gets a lot more use (from hikers doing the Caribou/Mud Brook loop from Route 113, which isn't an option right now since Route 113 is closed).

Views were outstanding in all directions from the summit - the Presidentials, with plenty of snow still visible, rise over the Carters, and peaks in most directions can be identified. It was very windy at the summit, so I didn't stay for too long. No issues following the trail. Saw three other hikers coming up as I was coming down. An enjoyable and beautiful hike!  
Name: GN 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-15 
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