Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head (attempt), NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trails, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center parking lot. Got there at 8:45AM, only 6-7 other cars there. Left parking lot around 4:00PM and there were maybe 15-20 cars then. Still plenty of spaces. Bathrooms are closed and the actual Visitor center is closed due to the pandemic.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The first two water crossings (Franconia Brook) and another small brook after that were challenging, but we were able to rock hop across. However, once we got to the big Lincoln Brook, it was impossible to cross. Water was flowing very rapidly and it is pretty much impossible to get across it now. Rock hopping wasn't an option as the few rocks that were sticking out were too far apart and the water was very deep in many spots with a strong current. We had water shoes, but the current was way too strong and there were some points in the river that we would be up to our waists or maybe even higher. We walked up and down along the river both ways looking for a safe place to cross, but there was nothing. If you want to summit Owl's Head, do not attempt this route that goes through Lincoln Brook for at least another month after this date (May 19, 2020) and hopefully the water will go down some.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail was very nice and easy apart from the river crossings. There was one or two trees down that blocked a little of the trail, but easily manageable to get by.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The first part of this hike would be a great hike/walk for dogs. I think crossing even the Franconia Brook would be difficult for a dog, I don't suggest bringing a dog when the water is high.  
Bugs: No bugs yet thankfully! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mostly flat for the first 5 miles. Again, we didn't make it past the Lincoln Brook so not sure how the slide is near the top. The first part was fine, no snow or ice, trail was mostly dry.  
Name: Kaitlyn Callahan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-19 
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