Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owls Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water was fairly low today. Rock-hopped all crossings without any problems, but glad I had my poles. The first crossing on the Lincoln Brook trail was the most challenging. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Phew! Glad that one's checked off the list. Actually my daughter and agreed that it was a really fun hike, if a big long. The conditions were close to perfect - cool weather, low water levels in the brooks, no bugs. I can't imagine doing this in the spring or early summer. Even if the streams are ford-able, the mud and standing water on the trails must be truly impressive.

The entrance to the slide trail was well marked by two sizable cairns. The slide trail itself was as advertised - steep, loose rocks. Did I mention steep? But the views across the valley to Franconia Ridge were impressive. You could actually see hikers on the ridge - tiny specks silhouetted against the sky.

We read in the White Mountain Guide that the true summit is a bit north of the "old" summit, so we set off along herd paths in that direction. We passed a couple of likely candidates for the new summit, but ran in to a family of hikers that told us to keep going until we found the cairn. Glad they did!

All in all another great day in the Whites. This was #33 for my daughter & #43 for me.  
Name: Matt Lennon 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-10 
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