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We hiked up in the rain heading to the north first. The trail is up at a steady incline and then down with little to no level ground. I also found the trail to be a full 3 miles. We will be back to check out the views.

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

16 days ago

Nice 2 hour hike with beautiful view of the Andro and Bethel area. Moderate difficulty and well marked.

being new hiker I thought the steepness of this trail was very challenging but so worth it at the top!!! well marked and easy to follow.

Beautiful hike through a sub-alpine/treeline ecosystem! First 30-45 minutes are pretty much straight uphill but then you're walking on the ridgeline until the Speckled Mt. summit. Ridgeline doesn't have many views but it's a wonderful walk over exposed rock, moss, lichens, and through small pines, red spruce, and low bush blueberries. Took us (we're novice hikers but athletic) about 2hrs to the summit and 2.5 down because we got caught in pouring rain. Summit had 270 degree views of the Whites. Would absolutely do again!

26 days ago

Make sure to go past the first view and follow the cairns up to the money shot. Spectacular view, easy hike up, and was able to run most of the way down. Marked very well and the man who maintains the trail does a great job. Very quiet and secluded.

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...

great hike! I took my dog up this trail with no issues. we did blueberry mountain and speckled mountain. My mostly blind and totally deaf cattle dog made it with no problems. wonderful hike and we plan to do it again!!!

Amazing views at the top despite being a short hike! The trail was beautiful but steep the entire way.

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.

Beautiful views from the top, a nice spot to lay in the sun on a blue-sky day. No snow, barely any mud, and a gorgeous stretch of forest near the tree line. My only complaint about this trail is that it is poorly marked at the base of the Caribou trail and at the summit. Otherwise, this is a very manageable hike for anyone in decent shape, and I would not rate it as hard.

1 month ago

The trail is fine except there are quite a few spots where I wasn’t sure where to go, it’s not marked very clearly. Even on the top, remember where you came up because it’s hard to tell where to go. VERY buggy and still muddy in some areas. Awesome view at the top.

2 months ago

The weather was absolutely perfect and lucked out that the bugs weren't bad! As stated in the review below mine the trail is not marked clearly...there were several times I was unsure if I was on the trail, but luckily I have good direction and my dog helped keep me on trail. This is definitely one of those trails you need to take note of your surroundings and be attentive as to not go off the trail. The information in the review below mine was a big help...you go over many streams and to my delight the top portion smelled like Christmas trees which was a pleasant surprise. Also, noticed some moose skat in several spots in the top portion (last mile close to the summit). It took approximately two hours from bog road/caribou mt trail to the summit and 1.25 hours on the way down. The views at the top were absolutely stunning, made for a lovely and rewarding picnic spot.

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

Great hike that should be listed as moderate not easy. We started up the north side and lost the trail for about 20 minutes. The blue blazes need to be redone and a little closer together. Going down the south side was marked a little more clearly.

hiked this trail in early august and it kicked my butt!! it was a tough hike and we got a bit lost along the way, but the rattlesnake pool was an amazing way to cool off and it was a great workout. also - BRING BUG SPRAY! we practically got eaten alive on this hike!

7 months ago

I hiked this on Thanksgiving Day, 2017. The trail was very well marked and conditions were excellent, hardly any loose rocks or roots. There were a few wet areas but they were easy enough to maneuver through and my feet stayed dry. Great view to the west via a side trail about 3/4 of the way up and a nice (partial) view at the summit.

great trail but not easy it is difficult. but the views are worth it. I highly recommend it.

8 months ago

From the parking lot of the Caribou trail you can either take the Caribou trail or the Mud Brook Trail. We took the Caribou trail up which actually starts as a downhill. The trail goes along the river at times and does not climb up for a long time. I would not rate the trail difficult if you are in shape. Eventually the trail does climb up, it also switches back and forth over the river. At times it is hard to know where the trail goes, but we managed that. The top of the Caribou trail is not above the tree line and there is a sign where that trail ends. I can not imagine anyone would at that point turn around because you have not summited yet. At this point you turn left as the sign shows and get on the Mud Brook trail. The assent is a little steeper here, and you are still a ways from the top. At the top the views are 360 degrees, a couple we passed on the way said they have hiked many of the 4000 footers and this view by far surpassed all of them. Once we got to the top, and took pictures we could not find where the trail went, it took us 20 minutes to finally find this yellow mark on the rock. Beyond that point the yellow markers or cairns were really hard to find, we kept on shouting out to each other, okay got it! Once we were below tree line there are NO markers at all. You follow a brook off and on and I was perpetually concerned we were not on the trail, but just following the brook, very disconcerning. I am not sure why trails are not marked better. Very pretty trail, big river on the Caribou trail, smaller brook on the descent, Mud Brook trail, 2 hours up, 1 1/2 hours down, due to storm the bridge was out and we had to do a lot of stone stepping over the river and chimming over a fallen tree so that could of added time to the ascent. I have never written a review before, but I felt I had to because for me the other reviews were off the mark. Would of given 5 starts if the trail was marked.

Very quite trail this time of, wet after the big storm this week. Spruce hill has the correct name ,it is covered in Red Spruce of all sizes. The trail is 6.2 miles out and back, steep in sections at the start. The top of Specked mtn. has a great view about 280 degrees with an old fire tower base. I believe it was the first tower in the state of Maine. Did hike with Elijah.

8 months ago

Great trail...

8 months ago

Great Hike, this is on the high end of moderate. Hiked after heavy rains this week. Wet trail , steep in parts , rocky and lots of roots. Great ledges with views.

8 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.

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.

8 months ago

Typically spectacular Evans Notch hike. Last hiked on August 10, 1991. Did the Royce Trail Loop to the top of East Royce using Laughing Lion Trail. Took 4.5 hours.

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

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

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.

Don't be fooled by the length, this is a tough trail! Steep but totally worth it! Took me an hour and a half up and an hour down, but I'm slow. Could be tough for a small/older dog, even my lab was struggling a bit.

10 months ago

We hiked South trail to North. Nice trail. We had 4 dogs with us who also loved it. Pretty views from South Trail. Fun nature facts through out the hike, nice touch.

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