Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews

Caribou and Gammon Mountain via Mud Brook Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

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. The trailhead may be found about 5 miles down the road on the left (east).

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked up the Mud brook trail to the summit of Caribou and returned using the Mud brook trail to the Caribou trail. I first hiked this trail 20 years ago, the trail was marked very clearly back then. Not as clearly marked today. The trail is well worn when you reach the summit you’ll see a few small cairns but you need to really look for them. The caribou trail is well worn but when get close to the waterfalls and big pool pay close attention the trail crosses over the brook at the top of the falls. There is a trail on the right before you cross heading down to the pool, if you’re not paying attention you’ll miss the trail crossing like i did and wander a round for a while looking for it. Overall a great hike the bugs were insane on the descent. The hike took me round trip 4 hours the guide book says 5 i was probably moving fast to get away from the bugs

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a lovely hike, but definitely challenging if you’re a casual hiker. The trail is narrow, steep in places with lots of rocks and roots. We got to the rock surface not far from the summit, having covered 5/6ths of the Mud Brook Trail, but chose to eat lunch and head back down. It took us almost 3 hours to get to that point, and we had read that markings toward the top/end of the trail (headed toward connection with Caribou Trail) were not great. Rather than wander in search, we headed back down, reaching the parking area in 2 hours 15 minutes. Saw only one other hiker (clearly experienced based on gear) who set a good pace. No trail markings, but we were mostly able to follow (strayed off twice - once up, once down - but recovered without wandering too far from trail). Bugs bad at summit, but no problem moving along the trail. Need good footing/balance crossing brook in several places, but lovely surroundings make the terrain and summit views worth the challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views! Lots of beautiful waterfalls along the caribou trail!

backpacking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great loop hike. Not too many people and wonderful views.

10 months ago

I went up Caribou and down Mud Brook. The leaves had fallen on the trail and with hardly any markers it made it difficult to keep track of the trail. At one of the brook crossings it looks like it continues up along side the brook but luckily someone had spray painted a yellow arrow (very faint) on a log, pointing me in the direction to cross. I wouldn't have found the very narrow, leaf covered trail otherwise. Once at the summit I had to back track 3 times to to find Mud Brook Trail to descend. Again, someone painted 3 (maybe 4) yellow arrows that are very hard to see to point me in the direction I needed to go, other then that no markers at all until your almost back to the parking lot. It was very frustrating on the summit, no idea where to go, many places looked like the right direction but led nowhere! I feel it should be rated moderate instead of hard but I don't plan on hiking this one again.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very well maintained trail! Not a lot of markers but you don't need them. Headed up Mud Brook and down Caribou, definitely a better choice! Very steady incline, not as difficult as we thought! We took a bunch of short breaks and ate lunch at the summit and it took us about 5 hours or so! Beautiful views and not as crowded as Blueberry Mountain.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Moderate trail up Mud Brook Trail and down on Caribou (which is even easier). Cairns were easy to find at the summit. I was welcomed at the top by the spectacular holy grayness (clouds and fog which limited visibility to no more than 20 ft.), and tasty wild berries. There are also yellow (golden?) marks (blazes) painted on the rocks at the summit which were fairly easy to find. Just follow the yellow painted rock! Doable with regular hiking shoes, but might want to bring water shoes for the swimming holes nearby, as you go down Caribou. Watch out for wet, slippery rocks. Took me 100 minutes to go up and about 1 hr to go down, but stopped by for a chilly spash-n-dash treat in one of the waterfall holes. Had entire loop to myself. Restroom located at trailhead/parking area. Great trail. Thank you to all the rangers and staff who maintain all the beautiful trails.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great hike, beautiful views at the summit. Would recommend Caribou Trail up and Mud Brook Trail down, as Mud Brook is less steep and a bit easier on the knees. Bring a swim suit as Caribou Trail follows a series of waterfalls and swimming holes. Be aware Mud Brook is poorly marked at the summit, and along the trail itself. I got turned around and lost a few times at the summit, otherwise its great. Also when done, follow Rt 113 to the north a few minutes and visit the Wild River, great place to soak your feet.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Very poorly marked especially towards the top. Do not hike in off-season. Route 113 was blocked off, adding 7mi round trip to and from trail. No cell service, no other hikers, deep snow banks towards the top, and substantial potential for moose encounter makes this hike a no go until peak season. Will try again in summer or fall.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Rugged climb up from the lot on rt 113, came back on Caribou Trail to make a full loop. Great views near the top that you don't get going up Caribou, EXTREMELY poorly marked at the summit, few blazes and very worn down, few cairns.

hiking
10 months ago

Tuesday, August 09, 2016