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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Owl's Head, NH
Trails
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Owl' s Head Path, herd path, Black Pond Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Garfield Trailhead. 1 other vehicle across the street on arrival. Car spot Lincoln Woods lot 3/4 upon ending hike in afternoon  
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 low and no issue. this includes the crossings above 13 falls on LBT. Crossing one after descending Owl's Head low#2 slightly elevated but easy rock hop and #3 really low. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails in great shape. I did notice second Lincoln Brook Trail sign after 13 falls is leaning against a tree very much intact and bolts are in tree. Lincoln Brook Trail after descending OHP has 1 knee high blowdown and 1 hip high blowdown between crossing 2 and 3 others but very low to ground and no issue. Black Pond Trail seems recently brushed and is in great shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 2 happy doggos 
Bugs
Bugs: not biting did swallow a couple 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost a Deuter Pack cover bright blue somewhere between summit of Mt Garfield and Beginning of Franconia Brook Trail. Found a matching pair of socks approx 1 mile apart on FBT before 13 Falls. if their yours lmk 
 
Comments
Comments: Sunrise wasnt in the cards this morning despite starting with a moonlit sky. By the time i reached higher elevations fog had rolled in making visibility very limited. At the summit there was gusty wind driven drizzle and showers with light rain.Descended down to Thirteen Falls Tentsite getting on to Lincoln Brook Trail briefly admiring the river as well as the falls. I Bushwhacked to Owl's Head North Side. went a little far east and encountered some extremely thick evergreens otherwise mostly open forest crossing what seemed like several old logging paths. I met two others not far from the summit that ascended Owl's Path. I descended this way to avoid the slippery mud on Brutus.Lots of mud on Lincoln Brook trail but trail in great shape. Black Pond Herdpath might as well be a recognized trail as so heavily used. Descending to Black Pond there are 3 converging paths the Low Path which i take (it was brushed blocked at exit point) The Middle Path and the High Path which is nicely brush blocked including a large X made from Trees. The high path should be avoided.  
Name
Name: scottb 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mainebeefman@gmail.com  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-22 
Link
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