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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, herd path, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking, oddly, for a Saturday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Even at about 325 CFS the 2nd and 3rd crossings proved tricky. The mist didnt help which added a slick coating to all the rocks. Many took off their boots and waded through. One intrepid tramper must have gone in at Hellgate and just kept his boots on and walked through. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: (Trail Maintainer of Lincoln Brook) 30-35 water bars cleaned out and two trees removed. There is one step over that is much too large for me to take out solo, will need an axe. I'll try and take it out before the snow flies. Left the trail flowing nicely. Noted a potential project between crossing #3 and the slide for next summer to help stem the massive trail creep in this area. It appears someone has done some recent sawing on Owl's Head path, negating some trail creep - about a dozen good size trees.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A few doggies out 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A fine day for the Owl! Congrats to Joan (or Jean) on finishing her 48!

Put Lincoln Brook to bed for the winter, as best I could! Mild temps and a light rain added to the fun. About 15 folks out enjoying the day. The tamarack tree at Black Pond is a gorgeous yellow (go to the look point at the shore by the rock and look left). A great treat. The trail bed of Black Pond (whack) is obscured by the leaves but still faily evident and obvious if you're looking for it. Lincoln Brook was actually drier than I thought but still needed some serious love. We went up the slide and down Brutus (extremely evident as well). Nothing much of note on the way out. The leaves are all off the trees, offering lovely views of the Hancocks, Scar Ridge, Owl's Head Cliffs, and more. The sun came out as we hit the parking lot, much as it always does for us mountain folk.

Trail maintenance and gridded out the Owl, doesn't get much better of a day! Only 47 more left, ha ha.
 
Name
Name: The Teal Goat, Sparrow & Deep End Dan 
E-Mail
E-Mail: sea2thebiscuit@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-25 
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