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: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods lot was plowed; bathrooms were open and heated. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were bridged and/or easily crossable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are a few blowdowns on the Black Pond Bushwhack but they were not hard to get around/over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This isn't a great hike for dogs right now due to the snow/ice conditions and the long distance, unless you've got a husky or other kind of dog that likes that kind of thing.  
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: This hike was fairly difficult and treacherous due to several inches of loose powder snow that was all but impossible to get traction on, and which refused to be packed down regardless of how many hikers went over it on snowshoes. It was especially bad on the Brutus Bushwhack, especially in the sections that are extremely steep. I wished I'd brought my ice axe for ascending these parts of the trail because it would have made it much easier. Descending the Brutus was even worse than climbing it. Even with the large crampons on our snowshoes we were unable to get traction on the very steep sections and were forced to resort to more or less involuntary butt sledding to get down. (If you can avoid doing this, then I'd recommend you do because I slid off the trial into a spruce trap at one point and had a very hard time getting out.) Snowshoes are a must for doing this hike right now. Even the flatter sections were difficult to navigate because of the deep powder and large drifts.  
Name: HikerMouse 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-27 
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