Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, herd path, Lincoln Brook Trail, herd path, Owls Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 31, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Arrived around 7 a couple dozen cars. Public restroom clean and stocked. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 1st on Lincoln Brook low and easy rocks not icy. 2nd on Lincoln Brook higher water rocks rocks submerged a few inches not icy, 3rd 'gateway' to the climb a little deeper than #2 could pick non icy submerged rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some duckunders and stepovers.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Depends on ability, saw a beautiful golden sailed through the festival of obstacles. 
Bugs: huh 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: LW frozen mud good footing, the storm wash made it better imo and love that the 1.8 mile in bridge is useable after years of closure. Black Pond good shape too, the stupid tiny log bridge with a whole in the middle at the beginning is gone. Black pond herdpath in excellent shape. Lincoln Brook 2 mile stretch not as soggy, muddy or icy as expected. Used Wiggy's Waders for crossings 2 ad 3 with hillsounds over them. I check cfs for E Branch Pemi at Lincoln when doing Owls Head. I am rated for 650 cfs. Night before it was around 548 and then morning of just under 500 cfs. Hillsounds for climb and descent. Brutus was the best footing ever no ice or mud some light snow over frozen ground you could see all the roots. On Owls Head Path intermittent blue ice under snow traction necessary. Ridge had modest packed snow. As Teal stated, summit cairn gone. Saw 4 people all day and 4th was not even going to Owlie. Happy New Year and be Safe!  
Name: 4K 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-31 
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