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: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot 1/4 full at 8am, maybe 1/3 full at 2pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 3 crossings of note, 1st one could have stayed dry but helped the pup. The other 2 (close to the start of the Brutus Bushwhack) would require a more aggressive leap than I was ready for so I opted to step on submerged rocks (advantage of non-waterproof shoes...they also dry quite quickly). Pup got braver after the first one and also got her feet wet but no help needed. Paws seemed to dry even quicker than my shoes... 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All downed trees were easily bypassed. A couple on the summit ridge and then a bunch on Brutus. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If you have a small dog you'll likely have to carry them over the river crossings. Once mine stopped trying not to get wet she had no troubles. Required stepping in ~6-8" deep swiftly moving water in places. 
Bugs: None, but it was quite windy. I'd say any day now since today is Mother's day... 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day for May Owl. Out/back via Black Pond/Brutus. Spikes stayed in pack all day. Enough water flowing that I had to get feet wet on 2 crossings closest to Brutus. Probably could have rock hopped them but that is a remote place to take a spill and nobody has ever accused me of being a good jumper. With non-waterproof trail runners and thin socks, feet were dry 10 mins later. Some pics/vids of the crossings in the link below. Enough exposed rocks/roots to navigate the patches of monorail without spikes. Enough dirt/evergreen debris on top that it's not super slick. The patches of monorail are very chance of postholing. Hiker ahead of me reported seeing a bear near the base of Brutus but I never saw it.  
Name: Borealis 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-14 
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