|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Owl's Head, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Owl's Head Path|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 8, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||plenty of parking at Lincoln Woods. $5.00 parking fee |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||3 crossings of Lincoln Brook were well packed snow bridges
half a dozen inlet streams had little snow cover, some post holing and required hop/jump across |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||saw 2 on the Lincoln Woods trail |
|Lost and Found:
||***Note*** Trail conditions are bound to change this week with the warm up. Softer/loose snow pack and icy conditions may occur with over night freezing. |
3/8/21 Temps Sunny 13-29 degrees. Total RT 17 miles, 7 hrs 40 mins. (we are moderate/fast hikers and conditions were perfect for fast trekking) Many hikers require 8-10 hours, especially if conditions change.
Lincoln Woods trail is wide and packed. Easy to navigate with boots or micro spikes.
Black Pond trail takes you into the woods. Trail is 1-2 feet wide, well packed. Easy to moderate grade. Boots or micro spikes.
Lincoln Brook trail follows the river. Trail 1-2 feet wide, however, there are several sections that are narrow and run along the edge of the river bank. These may become soft, slick or icy and a bit more difficult to navigate. Spikes would be needed. There were numerous inlet streams along this section that had little to no snow pack. Post holing was evident with water beneath. A hop/jump across was doable. The 3 brook crossings were well packed snow bridges. No issues. Be aware that the warm up may cause air pockets underneath to give way. Post holing may occur. Pole prodding and snowshoes may make crossings safer.
The Brutus bushwhack was well packed. Started out with micro spikes but switched to MSR Lightening snowshoes. The televators were a big help getting up the steep incline. I would expect that micro spikes and snowshoes will be necessary during the warmer up.
Owl's Head Path was well packed. Be sure to enjoy the lookout on the right of the Bonds and a little further a lookout of Franconia Ridge. Follow the path all the way to the end for the true summit. All Trails map stops short of the summit. Conditions were great for some butt sliding down Owl's Head Path. The journey out was long but without issue.
||Diane Stuart |
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.