Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, herd path, Lincoln Brook Trail, herd path, Owl's Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, August 9, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at 7am, lot nearly filled at 3pm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily crossed. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Plenty of muck on the trails, my boots are caked. A few blowdowns here and there. Brutus was a mudslide today, beware. Owl's Head Path is covered in loose rock.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dogs may have an issue with either Brutus or Owl's Head Path. 
Bugs: Mosquitoes were out, especially near Black Pond. Never in super abundance, but enough to annoy the traveler. Black flies were hither and thither as well. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None. 
Comments: A beautiful day to hike the 🦉. Lots of mud and muck on these trails today, so be aware. As others have noted, Brutus and Owl's Head Path are in a state of decay, E tu Brute. On a truly wet day, one may actually need rock spikes to ascend it, and descent would be even more tricky. I opted to descend OHP today due to Brutus' degradation. OHP was plenty of loose rock, so slow going.

On a side note, I'm not sure if it was just me or not, but I noticed that nearly the whole length of the Black Pond Trail/Bushwhack was thick with muggy, stagnant, air. It was interesting how the air seemed to "sit" there, while the rest of the trails had breezes and lower humidity. Maybe someone smarter than me could explain why?  
Name: Brettski 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-09 
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