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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.
The Black Pond Trail
The Black Pond Trail

Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, 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

Another Owl's Head hike. Not a fan.

After walking on a hardpacked Lincoln Woods Trail, we turned onto the Black Pond Trail, where we encountered a few brief barespots. Once at the pond, the snowpack was a bit more seasonable.

The previously broken out bushwhack ran a bit high, but nonetheless was fairly direct and avoided the lower wet areas. The on the Lincoln Brook Trail went fairly smoothly, as all three water crossings were fully snowbridged.

Reaching the beginning of the 'Brutus Bushwhack,' we all seemed to follow separate tracks, reconvening on the old skidder road. From there, it was a nice spring-like walk through the sunny birch glades.

Above there, we followed tracks into the spurce (fortunately not too thick) and up to the ridge. Dropping our packs, we continued to the 'old summit,' then proceeded to break trail (sinking very little) to the 'new summit.' Just beyond this point, we were surprised with amazingly strong views, thanks to a large snowdrift. For once, Owl's Head seemed like a reasonable destination to me.

The return trip was fairly warm with the mid-spring temperatures and sunshine. It'll be interesting to see if winter returns soon.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Hike Commenced: 7:35 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,170'
Destination: Owl's Head
Ascent Commenced: 7:38 AM
Summit Reached: 12:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 05:11
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 4,025'
Vertical Gain: 3,155'
Hike Ended: 4:57 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 9:22
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,510'

The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead
The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead

The birch glade, south of the slide
The birch glade, south of the slide

Rare, superb views of the Franconia Ridge from next to the 'new' summit of Owl's Head - Click to enlarge
Rare, superb views of the Franconia Ridge from next to the 'new' 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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