Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Tr, Black Pond Tr, Black Pond Bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Tr, Owl's Head Path, Brutus Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods at 7am, "LOT FULL" sign was up and cars parked along the highway, but in the actual parking lot there were plenty of spaces. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Took the Black Pond Tr and Bushwhack to avoid the main two river crossings. The smaller ones on Lincoln Brook Tr were easy to rockhop with no real concern. Other hikers I passed said they made the river crossings and put a boot (or two) in the water on submerged rocks, but didn't seem to be a big deal. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were fine if a bit muddy. Owl's Head Path had a few blowdowns, only one of which required an over/under scamble - it's probably been like that for a while. Did the Black Pond BW going both out and back. Finding it going out (north) was difficult and I while I was near it I probably wasn't really on it. Going back (south) it was very easy to follow just up 'til you're back near the pond where it basically vanishes. Brutus BW was easy to find and follow going down (and honestly was in much better shape than the main Owl's Head path!) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Woof 
Bugs: Used repellent on the denser Black Pond Tr and BW, but in general the bugs weren't too bad. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Had a nice (cooler/dryer) Sunday bagging Owl's Head. Surprised to cross paths with 15+ people doing likewise in this little nook of the Pemi. 3 hours from the parking lot to base of the Owl's Head Path, then another 1:10 to the summit. While having lunch at the summit ("Whoo Ya"), a fellow named Adam emerged from the trees at the north side ... he had bushwhacked up from 13 Falls and said it took him about 2 hours through a lot of scrub, which he wouldn't want to repeat. Subsequently a lady named Dorothy crossed paths near the summit with us and we hiked together for a while, splitting again after Dorothy and I took the Brutus BW back down to Lincoln Brook Tr. To sum it up: two views, a couple of spontaneous accomplices, about 17 miles RT, 8.5 hours.  
Name: Eric H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-09 
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