The trail then becomes a rougher jeep trail as it heads south along the base of Caribou Hill and across Caribou Flats where riders may enjoy some spectacular scenery of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Continental Divide to the west. T10 SD, T9 SD, Click on a parking icon to get custom directions. Approximately 1.4 miles down, you'll reach a fork, look for a tiny trail sign posted to a tree for Trail 258. Open Legion Loop 0.9 miles; Property Uses. Additionally, removing rocks from fragile soil can create the opportunity for erosion to remove entire areas of soil/vegetation. Click here to access the article online. Featured in East Idaho Outdoors Magazine Starts at campground, up Beauty Creek Road (paved), up 257, up FS road to summit, down Caribou all the way back to campground. There are good views southward over Rainbow Pond to Black Mountain. That is the loop. Returned down the trail to the Schoodic Beach. These awesome businesses support our goal of connecting people to outdoor adventures in Maine! Black Mountain - Big Chief Trail (2 miles, moderate): It climbs steadily through mixed woods and transitions into spruce and fir shortly before crossing onto open ledges with extensive views to the south and east. The elevation at the trailhead is 5,041. Natural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail Finder. From here, it is an approximately one mile walk down the Dynamite Brook Rd. Success! This is the end of the Caribou Ridge Trail, but hikers can connect to several other trails in the area to form a loop, most of which will require some road walking. There was an issue with your submission. The Caribou Muddy Brook loop trail is around 7 miles, and I recommend taking the Caribou trail for the accent because it is steeper with slippery rocks and brooks and waterfall crossings. 113 making a loop hike very convenient. Start out on the DeLonde trail and for about 1.2 miles you wind through the trees with occasional views of the surrounding mountain areas. The differen access trails and sections of the loop are described below. Caribou Loop Trail was featured in the April 2020 edition of East Idaho Outdoors. I’d classify this as a moderate hike with 1900 … I will go up to Stairway, go west and come back down the South Lake Trail that runs on the west side of Partridge Lake. LoBo Trail. With more than 5 Caribou trails covering 148 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail or Aroostook Valley Trail. This 0.6 mile section of Caribou Loop brings you to the western summit of Black Mountain, and from here, the Caribou Loop Trail travels north towards the saddle between Caribou and Black Mountain and east towards the east summit of Black Mountain. The Caribou Loop Trail Committee is comprised of County Commissioners from Caribou County Idaho, Bonneville County Idaho, and Lincoln County Wyoming. Caribou Mountain Trail is part of Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land in Hancock County. The Name. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. From West: Take ME Route 182/Blackwoods Scenic Byway from Franklin.The trailhead access is from Dynamite Brook Road located off ME Route 182 just under 1 mile past Fox Pond which is visible south of the road. I liked the well marked trails and breathtaking views. Once across the river, the trail splits. The origin of the name Caribou is said to have come from William Martin, a prospector, who discovered the Caribou mine. Caribou Loop via the Schoodic Beach trailhead: Shortly after entering the Public Lands, bear left at a fork in the road and follow the Schoodic Beach Road for 2.3 miles to its end and the Schoodic Beach parking area. The best way to hike Caribou Mountain is up the Mud Brook Trail and down the Caribou Trail. There are great views of Mount Washington to the west, Evans Notch to the south, and Grafton Notch to the north. Open LoBo Trail 12 miles; Property Uses. The article is a well written overview of the amazing views and experiences visitors will enjoy in the Caribou National Forest. The trail starts at the parking lot for Caribou Ranch Open Space. Please try again. If you are looking for a fun, exciting and challenging trail ride in Southeast Idaho, look no further than Caribou Loop Trail. Explore the best trails in Caribou, Maine on TrailLink. 113 making a loop hike very convenient. View the "Black Mountain - Big Chief Trail" guide online here. This is where the trail directly from the parking lot also connects. In the 1870s, miners flocked to work at the Blue Bird, as well as other mines in the area. Both trails share the same parking lot off Rt. Do not make your own cairns or construct "rock art". The best way to hike Caribou Mountain is up the Mud Brook Trail and down the Caribou Trail. At the beach, turn right and hike 1.2 miles to a trail junction on the southwest flank of Black Mountain. After 0.5 miles, the trail begins a long southward traverse, extending f… Full Caribou Loop. Today a wonderful hike up Black Mountain from the Schoodic Beach Parking Area to the top of the West Peak; the trail varied from easy to challenging up the cliffs. (gravel). Location. Caribou Mountain (2840 ft.) is not one of the taller peaks in Maine, but the hiking scenery is dreamy and the 360 degree views from the summit are superb. We have 200 miles of scenic countryside with unparallel views. Location. Dynamite Brook Road leaves from the south side of the road just opposite the new Tunk Mountain Trailhead on the north side. (Note: Google mistakenly labels the Schoodic Beach Road as the Donnell Pond Road in the map above.). Caribou Mountain is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Caribou Loop and Black Mountain trails: A trail system between Catherine Hill and Schoodic Mountain that can be combined for several days of backcountry hiking. Caribou Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. I was doing some recon. Each stretch has its own unique scenic views, different terrains and can accommodate all skill levels. The Caribou Rock Trail took more time than I thought it would. Donnell Pond is more than 14,000 acres of forested land, dotted with clear lakes and mountains. I was doing some recon. Word of caution: in the summer the mosquitos are plenty, I'd recommend this loop for the fall. Horses are also able to use this trail. Please try again. The trail intersects with Caribou Trail at 3.6 miles allowing hikers to make a 6.7 mile loop back to the trailhead on ME Route 113. Regional trail through Longmont, Niwot, Gunbarrel, and Boulder. Meets Rt. If you’re looking for more trail time, consider connecting to the nearby Mud Lake property. The riding is good and the scenic byways are breathtaking". You can experience 200 miles of unforgettable terrain complete with rivers, scenic views, wildflowers, and more. Perfect weather. to reach ME Route 182.Cross Rt. Walk-in access to campsites is available via the Schoodic Beach access trail. The Caribou Loop Trail circles through a wild complex of open mountain tops making up a unique ecological reserve and backcountry area. Your log in attempt was not successful. 2020 | Caribou Loop Trail |  All rights reserved. Redman's Beach, Donnell Pond (1.4 miles moderate): A 1.4 mile section of trail loosely following an attractive brook runs from Redmans Beach on the east shore of Donnell Pond to a saddle between Caribou and Black Mountains. Descend down upper Caribou Ridge Trail 79, about a mile down you'll come across a picnic area, cross the FS road and continue down #79. Trails. This trail section covers 0.6 miles to reach the east peak. After returning to the Blue Bird Loop and reaching the junction with the DeLonde Trail, simply follow it back the way you came to the parking area. The trailhead is 0.9 miles down the road, and there is space for several cars just east of the trailhead. In the 1870s, miners flocked to work at the Blue Bird, as well as other mines in the area. Better yet, catch the bus from the Boulder station (bikes allowed on rack and undercarriage), link up a bunch of trails, and take your pick of multiple routes back to Boulder. There is now a cut over back to Caribou Rock Trail south of Mossy Lake. From here, head north. Whenever possible, walk on rocks to reduce erosion and to protect sensitive plants. Multiple access points mean that hikers can combine different sections of the loop into unique experiences. Get directions, maps, and traffic for Caribou City, ID. Trails. The Old Trail heads downstream to the right. I’d classify this as a moderate hike with 1900 feet of elevation and an estimated hike time of 5 hours. The Caribou Rock Trail took more time than I thought it would. While it is possible to climb up the Old Trail to the top of Caribou Mountain as a day trip, it is a much more pleasurable experience to take the New Trail to Caribou Basin and camp at one of the lakes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Caribou Mountain Loop is one of the best bang for your buck hikes in Maine. The Woods. “Very cool experience, we took our family up for a long weekend ride and we all absolutely loved it. Convenient parking is available at the RTD park and ride. While it is possible to climb up the Old Trail to the top of Caribou Mountain as a day trip, it is a much more pleasurable experience to take the New Trail to Caribou Basin and camp at one of the lakes. The left turn is marked by a blue and white Donnell Pond Public Lands sign. There were a few downed trees to work around, but nothing serious. Checking out the Caribou Loop Trail and want to know what to expect? Check out the newest articles in MTF Stories! I would definitely do it again!”, "Whether you are in Southeast Idaho or Wyoming you’ll find it’s easy to access this trail. 182. Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information and a printable map or contact: From US Route 1 in Sullivan, turn onto ME Route 183 and proceed about 4.5 miles. Caribou Loop and Black Mountain trails: A trail system between Catherine Hill and Schoodic Mountain that can be combined for several days of backcountry hiking. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. Open Caribou Link Trail 0.7 miles; Open Kinnickinnick Loop 1.1 miles; Open Tungsten Loop 0.8 miles; Property Uses. The Caribou Loop Trail consists of 95% Forest Service Roads or County Roads. I will go up to Stairway, go west and come back down the South Lake Trail that runs on the west side of Partridge Lake. Boulder. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from May until October. Located in southeast Idaho, the Caribou Loop Trail is a 200 mile loop for ATV's, side-by-side and dirt biking. (Best viewed in Chrome) At 0.6 miles, stone cairns and signs direct hikers to various access points to the Loop. A public boat launch is located approximately 1 mile from the junction with ME Route 182. In 1905, Blue Bird became a tourist destination on the newly completed Eldora Line of the Switzerland Trail of America. Rules and Regulations for riding on the Caribou Loop Trail. Saw no other hikers on the trail. Dynamite Brook Road leaves from the south side of the road just opposite the new Tunk Mountain Trailhead on the north side. Extra credit. We’ve listed some of the places below…. The trail is mostly gravel hard pack with occasional muddy sections and loose chunk rock but was designed to be a leisure type ride, making it perfect for beginners or those on dual sport motorcycles. The Name. Other visitors are looking to experience nature and may very well not appreciate rock art and can be mislead by confusing, inappropriate piles of rock. Another splendid hike up Black Mountain via Big Chief and Mountain Cliffs today. The Caribou Trail in Caribou Ranch Open space is a really nice easy trail that has a bit of history matched with a bit of nature and should be good for all ages and skill levels.. Called Mossy Lake Trail. Return to the trailhead via the Delonde Trail. Continue straight on the New Trail, up the west bank of the river. I outlined what makes this half-day trek so great in a recent Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoors column, “ Hiking in Maine: Caribou Mountain offers a wonderful day hike .”