Caribou Mountain

Gilead, Maine

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This hike takes you through the 12,000-acre Caribou– Speckled Mountain Wilderness on the way to the summit of Caribou Mountain. While Caribou is a relatively low peak (2,800 feet), its summit is bare and provides views in all directions. Caribou is in the less visited Maine portion of the White Mountain National Forest. While you will see other hikers on a summer weekend, you are much more likely to encounter long moments of solitude than in the Presidentials or on Franconia Ridge. The unique perspective from the summit also makes this a nice change of pace from bagging all of those 4,000-footers to the west.
Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire

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Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire

by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This hike takes you through the 12,000-acre Caribou– Speckled Mountain Wilderness on the way to the summit of Caribou Mountain. While Caribou is a relatively low peak (2,800 feet), its summit is bare and provides views in all directions.

Caribou is in the less visited Maine portion of the White Mountain National Forest. While you will see other hikers on a summer weekend, you are much more likely to encounter long moments of solitude than in the Presidentials or on Franconia Ridge. The unique perspective from the summit also makes this a nice change of pace from bagging all of those 4,000-footers to the west.

©  Jerry & Marcy Monkman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gilead
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Spring through fall, weather dependant
Local Contacts: White Mountain National Forest
Local Maps: AMC White Mountain Map #5, USGS Speckled Mountain (ME)
Driving Directions: Directions to Caribou Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

7/31/2005
1

This is the BEST half day loop hike I've ever done in New England (and I've done a lot of them). All the best features of a great day hike are here: water most of the way up and down, waterfalls, swimming holes, great 360 degree views and blueberries at the top in August. I have done this hike 2 to 4 times per year since moving to Western Maine 7 years ago. I usually start the hike mid-afternoon on Sunday's, therefore I'm usually the only one on the summit to take in the views and solitude. It can be made into a very easy full day hike for those who prefer a slower pace.


7/11/2005
1

Caribou Mountain earns its reputation as a one of the best Maine hikes below 4,000 feet. From the parking lot there are 2 paths to choose from making the hike a genuine loop. I recommend starting up the trail to the left (Caribou trail)and returning down the Mud Brook Trail. There are several small waterfalls to see as you hike up the the Caribou trail. From the summit you have a 360 degree view that's pretty impressive as the taller White Mountains are to the West. It is not a crowded trail at all and we saw 7 other hikers the entire time (and it was a beautiful Sunday in July.) It's a great hike for dogs as the trail follows a large stream. Most of the other hikers had dogs with them. All in all, a great hike that takes about 4 hours of hiking time.



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