Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head (attempt), NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Lincoln Woods. Lot was lightly plowed driving in, fully plowed when we returned from hiking  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small crossings up to Black Pond bridged/hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No major issues 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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.  
Name: Elise Hedglen  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-18 
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