Mud Brook Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Mud Brook Trail is a 7.3 mile out and back trail located near Bethel, Maine that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2391 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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).

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

15 days 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.

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.