|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Owl's Head, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, October 5, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at 7:25 am at the Lincoln Woods Center. $5 daily fee in you don't have a pass. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water levels low, all 7 easily rock hopped. a bit slippery in the morning but dry in the afternoon |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Untended trail, but in good shape. starting to get carpeted in leaves. No trail blazes at all, some cairns at water crossings and at the start of the slide (~8 miles in)
Muddy in sections but there are some herd paths around some of the more mucky ones, but don't hold out any hope of not getting your shoes dirty :) |
||Saw one dog going up the slide, seemed to be handling it well. |
||they were out but not a nuisance until afternoon water crossings |
|Lost and Found:
||I found 2 L.L. Bean blue hiking poles about halfway up the slide on a little rock shelf on the right side, left them there because I didn't know if the owner was on top. wasn't...and couldn't find again on the way down.
Found a penny on the slide and I added it to a small cairn nearby :) ||
||This was the forever trail...flat and went on and on until you hit the slide. Then you go up a 60-70 deg loose rock incline. going up isn't much of an issue, but be careful of your footing on the way down! The foliage is out in force and the trail is carpeted with leaves. the only real mountain views you get are on the slide. |
If you are a hiker who likes seeing & hearing the water then this trail is for you! about 65% of the trail is in proximity to the water with lots of nice picture opportunities along the way.
This is an 18.2(ish) round trip hike in the Pemi wilderness, so be prepared with provisions and such.
It took me and another 2 hikers who started at about the same time about 8.5 hrs to complete.
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.