Mud Brook and Caribou Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

This loop can be done in both directions.

1 month ago

Great hike, very moderate, basically easy. With the leaves on the ground, can be hard in spots to stay on trail as there are basically no tree blazes. Well worth the time, beautiful views.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Took Caribou up and Middy Brook down. Loved the terrain & variety of the route. The views were incredible. And we may have chosen the most perfect foliage day ever.

1 month ago

gorgeous view at the top! We started at 11am, finished about 5pm.

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2 months ago

Awesome hike, definitely worth it for the view!

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2 months ago

Gave it 5 stars because it’s got a little of everything: woods, hand-over-hand elevation, stream crossings, waterfalls, wading pools, bears (well, just one reported), and of course that spectacular view at the peak.

The Brook was not the only mud on this hike, thanks to some recent rain. But the up-side is a flowing, babbling brook you can hear for most of the hike and several waterfalls with nice wading pools. Next time we’ll go up Caribou Trail and down Mud Brook and build in some time to lounge at one of the waterfalls with a pool beneath it (damn, my photo of it is gone) on the way up. Caribou Trail has more stream crossings and waterfalls than Mud Brook Trail, ironically.

On the way up Mud Brook, we saw lots of bear scat (well, it tasted like bear, but I guess it could have been deer or moose). Met a lone hiker on the way down Caribou Trail who confirmed the scat was bear: she spooked one on the trail. Keep your dogs leashed.

Elevation gain up Mud Brook is moderate, with a few sections of steep hand-over-hand climbing near the summit. Fun, though. Leave plenty of time to have a leisurely lunch at the peak. 360 degree views of The Androscoggin River and the Whites to take in. Caribou Trail is seemingly easier elevation gain, but then again, we were coming down it.

Stopped at the Standard Gastropub in Bridgton on the way home. Perfect close to the perfect hike.

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2 months ago

Great scenery. Fun to hike, crossing many times the Brooks. Trail marks could be restored.

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4 months ago

Great trails. Went up Caribou, beside brook most of the way with a couple of nice waterfalls. On Top a total 360* view. Mud Brook going down is a bit steep when you Start . Moose sign all over the ridge. On top you do have to keep your eye on the trail over rock. Look for yellow arrows and cairns. Did This one with my daughter Abi. She loved it...

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Saturday, October 07, 2017