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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Caribou Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Caribou Trail, Mud Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 1, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Nice big lot you drive into from ME 113 (which will be closed in the winter, so do this sooner rather than later, if you're interested). Outhouses. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy, many of them tiny or dry beds. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A good portion of the is in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. This limits what is allowed. The CTA is to be commended on caring for this trail while keeping within the regulations. Cairns on summit were very helpful. Blowdowns not insurmountable. Thanks! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a few well-behaved ones enjoying the day. On the Mud Brook side there is a ledge which would not be good for dogs who fool around and disobey. 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing 
 
Comments
Comments: Sick of the holiday weekend crowds and having to park half a mile away? We only saw a few people the whole day. Evans Notch has many beautiful places along this road. The trees and the foot bed are different, too, it is a nice change of pace. We did this clockwise - up Caribou and down Mud Brook (which is as muddy as the Dry River is dry, I guess someone had a sense of humor years ago). Halfway up Caribou there is a small (25 ft) waterfall called Kees Falls. Although it is not running huge right now (volume) you should not miss it. It runs down some dark mossy boulders into what would be a lovely pool if it were not so cold. It looks like a piece of lace on a dark green velvet dress. Right on the trail, you just have to descend 25 feet to take a look. Have your break there!

You will be turning onto the Mud Brook Trail to get to the summit. Summit is wide and ledgy; there are areas where you can get protection from the wind (and there sure was wind on Friday!) so you can enjoy the views. Steep but short descent off of the summit. You will soon come to a wide ledge. This was nice on such a windy day, even if you weren't getting the 360 degree views. Took a break there. Nice woods walk back to the car.  
Name
Name: Beckie and Prema 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beckiejani@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-03 
Link
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