Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, herd path, Owl's Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods had a decent number of cars already this morning at 7:30. Bathrooms are boarded shut. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Of the Lincoln Brook Trail crossings, the first was rock hoppable with care on wet rocks. Crossing two took a leap of faith on the way in, but the rocks were as such that you needed to wade on the way back. Crossing three could be done with a leap of faith. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Duck unders and stepovers on Lincoln Brook Trail. Lots of erosion. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal, probably due to somewhat chilly weather. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Lincoln Woods Trail was generally dry with some minor muck in the usual places, as was the Black Pond Trail. We followed a variety of herd paths northbound, with a few minor bushwhacks between them. Mud was avoidable. It is long past time for the Forest Service to sanction an official trail through here, as the number of herd paths (and thus soil compaction, etc.) is growing.

Lincoln Brook Trail had the usual mud bogs. We took the Brutus Bushwhack (herd path at this point) up, which was completely snow free. A few minor patches of monorail on the balance of the ascent of the Owl's Head Path, as well as some slippery rock/roots. The ridge was mostly snow free with the only actually snowpack being adjacent to the highpoint (only a few dozen feet or so). Never considered putting on spikes, and there's nowhere near enough snow on this route to think about snowshoes at this juncture.

Brisk, fairly cloudy day with sprinkles during the drives to and fro. Decent variety of flowers in bloom, including lady slipper, bluebead lily, star flower, and trillium.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-31 
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