Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness

Size: 14,000 acres (geobook map)

Trails: 25 miles of maintained hiking trails

Description: Repeatedly logged up until the 1960s where harvesting took place in the Cold, Willard, Great, Miles, Mud, Morrison, and Little Lady drainages. There was an active fire tower on the summit of Speckled Mountain until the mid 1960s; it was removed in 1986 before the area was designated Wilderness

Mt. Caribou got its name after two brothers shot the last caribou in the region there in 1854. Their names are carved on the top of the mountain.

This Wilderness area is entirely within the state of Maine. Topography varies from lower hardwood slopes to exposed rocky peaks. The highest point is Speckled Mountain, at 2,906 feet, with Mt. Caribou coming in second at 2,840 feet.

Special Regulations: None other than those listed on main page.



WMNF Wilderness Areas

  • Caribou-Speckled Mountain
    14, 000 acres designated by the 1990 Maine Wilderness Act.
  • Great Gulf
    Approximately 5,552 acres, designated by the 1964 Wilderness Act.
  • Pemigewasset
    45,000 acres designated by the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act.
  • Presidential Range - Dry River
    29,000 acres designated by the 1975 Eastern Wilderness Act and expanded in the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act.
  • Sandwich Range
    35,800 acres: 25,000 designated by the 1984 New Hampshire Wilderness Act and 10,800 designated by the 2006 New England Wilderness Act.
  • Wild River
    23,700 acres designated by the 2006 New England Wilderness Act.