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Caribou Mountain is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.2 mi Elevation gain 2,296 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

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Juliana Tavora
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not quite sure where to start the trail (GPS from the app took us to the wrong place where cars were not allowed) we decided then to take 182 e found another trail head. the views are beautiful but trails need some attention (lots of fallen trees and at times we did not see any blue sight). Parts of the trail seem very beautiful and spooky/enchanted with all the moss. I reccomend

Holly M.
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Samantha Lavoie
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HikingBugsRocky

June 2020 This 9ish mile long loop trail is truly challenging due to the rocky terrain and sheer elevation at times. Thankfully the trail is well marked and groomed, aside from a few downed trees. The view at each peak makes it all worth it though! Would have to say the view at Black Mountain Peak beat the Caribou Mountain Peak view hands down, in fact from the first peak you can look over and clearly see what you’ll be hiking to get to the second one. Very exhausting but in all the best ways. Will absolutely be doing this hike again but on a cooler day as the heat and the bugs made an already hard hike more difficult. This trail will leave you feeling worn out but accomplished which gives it an A+ in my book!

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Allan C.
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BugsOver grown

I did the whole loop. Bugs were there. Black mountain trails were well maintained but those going the Caribou mountain were not- overgrown bushes and a lot of fallen trees. I suggest wear pants if you want to do the whole loop. Best view was the East Peak.

Cindy Isenhour
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Hiking

We were camping on Donnell Pond so didn’t do the full loop, just from Redman’s beach, up to Carribou Mtn and back. The hike from the beach to the split for Carribou or Black is lovely, following a babling brook. Carribou itself has some nice views, but nothing like Black Mountain. If you can’t do the whole loop, we would recommend Black.

Evan Bland
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Hiking

bring a trekking pole with ya, those downhills can be killers!

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Caitlin Watson
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Hiking

This is an incredibly beautiful hike that is just challenging/long enough to feel like work, but still somehow leisurely. We returned on Schoodic Beach trail, which I highly recommend for a change of scenery, a lovely look at Schoodic lake, and slightly longer return! Highly recommend.

Chris Buckminster
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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddyOff trailOver grown

Great hike. Trail itself needs some maintenance but I am grateful something like this exists off-island.

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Gab Pab
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Hiking

Decent hike! Started where the GPS from AllTrails starts you. Right now first mile is very muddy. After that the trail undulates greatly - which is not my favorite thing as going a mile uphill on your way back when you’re already tired is not ideal. We hiked from bottom of trail out and back to peak (instead of the loop). Total was just over 9 miles. View was nice of rivers

Christine Tanguay
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Hiking

We parked on Dynamite Road (the road across the street from Tunk). It was a mile hike up to junction on the Caribou Trail at the summit. We took a right and enjoyed the view which was gorgeous and went on for a while . We then went down, up, down, up and repeated many times. When we hit the summit of Black Mtn I was blown away. It has a 360 degree view of pure gorgeousness. It was soooo worth it!!! At that point we had another half to go so it was more up and down to get back to the top of Caribou where I could catch the connecter for the mile back to my Jeep. 8.2 miles total- it was a butt kicker, but worth the trip! My Old English Bulldog did it with me. She loved it but passed out in the Jeep before we were off Dynamite Road!!

Emily Miller
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Jill Leighton
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Hiking

Intense trail uphill.

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Bridgette Stanwood
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Hiking

This was a great hike. I would recommend tackling black mountain cliffs onto the rest of black mountain over to caribou then taking that loop trail up the the eastern peak. The right amount of difficulty. I did this alone. Around four hours with stopping and taking pictures. There was one spot where the trail kindof dropped off and I had to try and find it where it was over grown on a cliff but that was rather easy to do. Will look forward to doing it again.

Grace Sniezek
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Hiking

This is a good day hike with ever changing scenery. Took my husband and I about 4.5 hours to do. Some areas near the top require climbing up large rocks and we had to use our hands at times. The trail needs a lot of maintenance on the east side of caribou. My husband had to do a lot of clearing and essentially trail blazing as we hiked through. Bring bug spray!! Lots of mosquitoes near the ponds! But beautiful views at the top. Not very trafficked at all, hardly saw anyone there.

RL M
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Hiking

The map at the trailhead does not correspond to the actual signage in the forest. In particular, the map does not show a trail going toward Tunk Lake, nor does it show at least one other more clearly marked trail going across Catherine Mountain. There may also be another trail going from Tunk Lake back toward Caribou, but it is very haphazardly marked and generally so poor that this part of the hike turned into a bushwhack for me that got me way off course and turned this into a much bigger loop. It's a nice hike all in all, but the signage could definitely use some work.

Ethan Evans
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Hiking

This is a quality day hike. I was a little mislead as this address starts you off at Black Mountain (easy). You then hike to the East Peak of Black Mountain (easy) before you walk down to the path that will take you to Caribou. This trail takes nearly two hours between the two mountain peaks unless you're trail running. It is fairly over grown so check for ticks. However, once you get to Caribou the climb is as advertised with some pretty great views at the top.

Elizabeth Pepin
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This was a great hike. The right amount of difficulty. However, it needs to be cleaned up in some areas. There is allot of overgrowth on the trail on the east side of the loop. Trail markers need to be updated as well. Their there, just a little hard to see at times. All in all, a great day.

Kara Ibarguen
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Mary Herrick
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leslie m
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Dani Alley
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