Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owls Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Brutus Bushwhack, Owls Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car at LW when I left at 7 am! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Wore spikes for Liberty Brook crossing due to icy looking rocks. Used heavy duty garbage bags for Lincoln Brook crossing. Could've done it without the bags, but I had 'em so I used 'em. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Unclogged some water bars on Lincoln Brook Trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 1-6" new snow fell yesterday. Back to winter boots and high gaiters.

On the outbound, Lincoln Woods Trail had 1-2" crusty snow with frozen bike tracks to negotiate. Bikers didn't ride far thankfully. On my return trip most of this snow had melted.

Black Pond (completely thawed) had "steam" rising and swirling over the surface this morning, very beautiful! Black Pond bushwhack had 3-4" snow, enough so I could be a lazy buswhacker on the return and mostly follow my tracks. Snow was melting pretty quickly, however.

Lincoln Brook Trail was sloppy: lots of the usual seeps and streamlets running into/across trail combined with 3-4" new snow and water bars that need cleaning.

Brutus Bushwhack was 4-5" new snow over bare ground (no ice). Very slippery on descent! Owls Head Path was 5-6" fresh snow over ice, including ridge. Wore Hillsounds up/down this section. Lincoln Slide was looking very white today.

Trails were sloppier bordering slushy on the way out, and snow depth was shrinking quickly.

Beautiful day! SMA 48/48...  
Name: Snowflea 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-27 
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