Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Owl's Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Lincoln Woods, very well plowed and plenty of parking. When I arrived just after 6am, only about 6 cars in the lot. When I returned, there were quite a few cars, a lot of folks out enjoying the Lincoln Woods Trail, but not even close to being full. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged, still use caution, my foot did break through one crossing on the descent, after temps had warmed up slightly and the trail had more traffic. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails and bushwhacks in good condition. A few blow downs that are covered in snow and packed, so trail goes right over them. And then I think one walk under and one crawl under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one two doggos on the trail, both doing very well. A few more doggos at Lincoln Woods. 
Bugs: No bugs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: I started at 6:30am, and followed one set of tracks in spikes. I started in my Hillsound Trail Crampons, and later was very happy that I chose these instead of spikes. I carried my snowshoes, but never ended up using them. The trails and bushwhacks were very well packed, a light dusting of snow on top, and the trail remained solid under this dusting. Definitely needed to stay on the packed trail, one step off to the side and you will post hole for sure. There were some sections on Lincoln Brook trail and Brutus Bushwhack where the snow was a bit deeper and softer, and there were also some post holes that had been frozen from previous days. Still kept with my decision to stay in trail crampons. About a mile from the summit, I wish that I had brought my ice axe, and the next time I absolutely will. I did not check this at the top, but wanted to mention it. If you use poles, I am sure a pole would be fine. About a half mile from the summit, the hiker ahead of me was on his descent. Owl's Head Path had a lot of snow, and drifts that had covered much of the trail. Still kept my decision to not put on snowshoes for this small section. On my descent, I passed about a dozen hikers ascending. I think only about 4 were in snowshoes, and many had poles. Tough call on the snowshoe decision, I am all for keeping the trails nice and tracked out.  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-21 
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