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Peaks
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, herd paths, Black Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: $5 day fee or interagency America the Beautiful pass. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I cut across from Franconia Brook Trail to Lincoln Brook trail and the water was running high on the crossing of Franconia Brook - came above my knee (I'm 5'6"). Otherwise the crossings were as expected this time of year, I do not rockhop so my feet were wet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Several out. 
Bugs
Bugs: None but I finished early. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
 
Comments
Comments: Started early for this hike/run and finished in 6hours. A gorgeous sunrise and many singing birds to greet the day. I missed the turn onto Lincoln Brook Trail and so happily cruised along Franconia Brook Trail for a bit before realizing my mistake. My waterproof Map Adventures map doesn't show a trail between Lincoln Brook and Franconia Brook Trails after missing the turnoff by my Gaia app did, and this was marked by a USFS sign so I took that and vowed to pay more attention. The downside of this mistake was a significant water crossing of Franconia Brook. I am 5'6" and the water was strong and high; it came to mid-thigh. Splashed along Lincoln Brook Trail and hopped on the Brutus bushwhack for my way up, found the summit still snowy and happily used my spikes. Came down via the slide and there was a lot of water on it - staying to the south side helped avoid some of that water. Ran out from there and passed many hikers excited to bag Owl's Head and be enjoying the sunshine.  
Name
Name: MS 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-16 
Link
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