|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Owl's Head, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owls Head Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, September 10, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|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:
|Lost and Found:
||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.
||Matt Lennon |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.