|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Owl's Head (attempt), NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, February 17, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Lincoln Woods. Lot was lightly plowed driving in, fully plowed when we returned from hiking |
||Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Skis |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Small crossings up to Black Pond bridged/hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No major issues |
|Lost and Found:
||Very icy trails due to freeze/thaw conditions Tue/Tue night. Used skis on Lincoln Woods trail with lots of post holes and frozen snow, then part way up Black Pond trail, completely frozen/smooth.|
Stashed skis and switched to Microspikes up to bushwhack. No trail was evident or broken out, deep snow with 3 inch crust made for extremely difficult and slow going with just two of us on snowshoes, got about halfway through to Lincoln Brook trail before we hit our turnaround time and called it a day. Switched back to Microspikes then skis again for return trip.
Ski out was much faster with the slight downhill and softer snow in the afternoon. Switching out equipment/footwear was time consuming and awkward, not sure I'd try skiing again. Will return to attempt this hike again in more favorable conditions and (most likely) no skis.
||Elise Hedglen |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.