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Owl's Head
Lincoln, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Owl's Head slide
Looking down the Owl's Head slide

Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, (formerly recognized Owl's Head summit), bushwack, (Owl's Head), buswhack, Owl's Head Path, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Black Pond Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

Though I dread Owl's Head, it was time to visit again. While the water crossings likely wouldn't be an issue, we elected to use the Black Pond bushwhack to save some time. On the way out, I went a bit too high on the bushwhack and ended up about two minutes west of the water crossing, in some spruce.

After three easy water crossings, we were soon on the Owl's Head Path, smelling the dead moose. Since the moose was pretty much blocking the path, we bushwhacked around it, rejoining the path just below the slide.

The ridge was quite busy. After reaching the old and new summits, we had some lunch. For the descent, we decided to do the 'Brutus Bushwhack.' Starting perhaps a bit too high, we pushed through some spruce prior to reaching the nice open birchglade. After joining up with the logging road, we were soon back on the Lincoln Brook Trail.

On the bushwhack back to Black Pond, I bailed downhill a bit early, ending up on the mucky bootleg path a few minutes before reaching the pond. The rain started as we worked our way back down the ever exciting Lincoln Woods Trail.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Owl's Head
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, August 9, 2009
Hike Commenced: 7:35 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,170'
Destination: Owl's Head
Ascent Commenced: 7:38 AM
Summit Reached: 12:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 04:50
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 4,025'
Vertical Gain: 3,075'
Hike Ended: 4:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:13
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,380'

The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead
The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead

A moose's final resting place on the Owl's Head Path
A moose's final resting place on the Owl's Head Path

Looking at west from near the summit of Owl's Head - Click to enlarge
Looking at west from near the summit of Owl's Head

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 East from I-93 past Loon to the Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area (left side of road).

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