Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Falls Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, herd path, Owl's Head Path, bushwhack, Franconia Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods was already full at 7 AM. Cars were parked out to Big Rock Campground this afternoon. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All are rock hoppable at this juncture. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I don't recollect any blowdown issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Black flies, mosquitoes, and deer flies, oh my. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Lincoln Woods Trail was already busy this morning at 7, with hikers, bikers, and campers (someone even pitched a tent near the suspension bridge).

Franconia Falls Trail was generally dry. We roughly followed the Fisherman's Path, which I hadn't been on since Irene. Quite vague in places and not a particular time saver.

Lincoln Brook Trail was generally dry with mud in the usual places.

Brutus was fairly evident once on it, though the herd paths split when pulling out of the glade. With the widespread use and erosion, it may be time to just get a properly designed trail built.

Owl's Head Path was its usual mess of blowdowns and herd paths. Quite crowded too.

From the start of the ridgewalk, we headed south, initially in open woods, then some scrappy rubbish, then some more okay woods, to the Spire. After hitting the northern bump and the unrecognized southern bump, we backtracked a little, then slabbed down the western face in generally decent, albeit steep woods (cliffed out a few times), occasionally using an old logging road (I think we crossed 3 or 4 prominent ones). We ended up popping out onto the Lincoln Brook Trail between the lower two post-Black Pond crossings. On the way out, we opted to stick to trails, in part due to the low water crossings. Gosh were Franconia Brook and Lincoln Woods monotonous. Lincoln Woods was also rather crowded.

Hot and humid day from the get go, and though we heard some boomers to the southeast, they never hit here.  
Name: rocket21, bria, bryan, zporter 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-20 
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