Caribou Trail

HARD 17 reviews

Caribou Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

Directions from Bethel, ME: Travel west on US 2 approximately 9 - 10 miles, turn south onto SR 113. Travel over the two small bridges of Evans Brook and look for the trailhead on the left side of the road. It is approximately 4 -5 miles from US 2.

backpacking
1 day ago

Typically spectacular Evans Notch hike. First hiked on August 22, 1992, and took Mud Brook Trail to top of Mount Caribou and looped back to road using Caribou Trail. Took about 1.5 hours up. Returned to backpack it on September 3-4, 1995, overnight. Went up Mud Brook Trail from parking lot, taking about 2.3 hours. Tented about 0.2 miles beyond peak. Great views from top. Loped back to lot the next day using Caribou Trail. Took only 1.5 hours down Caribou Trail. Generally easy hike, with some steep.

11 days ago

Quite the challenge but beautiful view from the top!!!

18 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

A nice steady climb through a dense forest. No views until the summit but a beautiful vista at the top that made it worth it. There's an awesome swimming hole right at the start of the trail that makes for a great spot to refresh after you're done.

3 months ago

This was a very nice trail. Great workout and beautiful 360 views at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Ascended The Muddy Brook Trail to the summit then descended the Caribou Trail to finish the Caribou Loop. So glad we came down the Caribou Trail as it is a very rugged trail and not the greatest views but Muddy Brook Trail was beautiful. Another plus to coming down Caribou trail was the fact that there is a beautiful waterfall with a swimming hole about two miles away from the parking lot. Hopped in, cooled off, and by the time we got to the parking lot you wouldn't have even know we hiked! so refreshing. Took two of my dogs and they loved it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In support of other reviewer: trail is tricky to follow up on the summit area of Mt. Caribou. Very spotty trail markers- paint long faded and worn off, few cairns, and signs of travel/ trail not always so obvious.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nice trail. Did the loop up Mud Brook Trail down Caribou.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fairly easy trail go up Muddy Brook and down Caribou

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

I would call this trail difficult. Beautiful flowing water most of the way up with a great swimming hole that's easy to miss. Starts off deceivingly easy and progressively becomes more difficult. Amazing views at the top. I did it on a summer Saturday and only saw 2 other people. My only complaint; literally zero signs or trail markers!! As an inexperienced hiker I got lost twice and ended up on the mountain (with swim and breaks) for 5 hours. Was planning to descend down muddy brook trail but was unable to locate it from the summit. My athletic lab was very tired on the way down! Bring bug spray and a bathing suit!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Great hike! Lots of water, nice cascades, great views, for little effort.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

My sister and I did this last August with our dog. It took us about 2 hours up and an hour down. Perfect half day hike for people who are in good shape but don't necessarily hike often. The panoramic view from the top was awesome and very well worth the hike.