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: Friday, March 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Two others vehicles at Lincoln Woods parking lot at 7 am. Approximately 2 dozen at 4 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems except I postholed one snowshoe through a snowbridge in the afternoon warmth. Somehow managed not to get wet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There were lots of small branches on some sections of the trails in the morning but were easily cleared off. A few leaners here and there, one walk around blowdown and some face slappers up high and along the ridge. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one friendly dog. 
Bugs: Nada 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Spikes were fine from Lincoln Woods all the way to Black Pond where the bushwhack was soft and already postholed by a bare booter who had struggled for 15 minutes or so before turning around, presumably in the warmth a couple of days ago. I added to a few other snowshoe postholes on my way across to Franconia Brook Trail. FBT is in good solid shape with the exception of some postholing when I veered of the center of the treadway. Brutus was soft and I produced a few more holes. The upper trails were solid. As I was descending Brutus I encountered a friendly dog and its owner who informed me that he had beat up the softening Black Pond Bushwhack and perhaps I should consider taking the FBT back. I came across only one other hiker today. Not wanting to compromise another trail, I opted to return via the Black Pond bushwhack and continued to further trash that trail. BEWARE: The bushwhack is now a mess and with tonight's below freezing temps will be a difficult and possibly harmful journey. Consider using the alternative route instead, although I can't attest to the integrity of the Franconia Brook crossings.  
Name: Fuzz 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-12 
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