Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire
by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
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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.
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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