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: Monday, January 1, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: $5 payable in either cash or via the credit card reader. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Heading outbound, there are 3 crossings of note that get progressively more challenging. First 2 were not super tricky today, although care was needed as many of the exposed rocks were ice covered. For the 3rd, I went upstream ~150' and with spikes over garbage bags over shoes got across relatively dry. Deepest I had to step in was probably 6". On the way out I skipped the bags and stayed relatively dry. I met 2 hikers on the way out who had turned around at the last crossing, and one other hiker successfully crossed today. Pics of the crossing in the link, but expect to need traction and to step on submerged rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none other than those on Lincoln Woods Trail. The crossings would be challenging for a dog and they will get soaked which depending on the dog may or may not be an issue. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: All was quiet on the Owl this New Year's Day. Only 2 of us summited today (2 others turned around at final river crossing). Bareboots to the 2nd crossing, where the rock spikes went on and stayed on until the Black Pond Bushwhack on the way that point, the limited icy patches are easily avoidable and mostly dry trail. As mentioned in previous posts, Brutus is about as good as it gets traction wise, mostly frozen dirt. Snow becomes consistent at ~3500'. Pretty icy from top of Brutus up to the Summit, traction def required. Both of today's summitters had "rock spikes" and we both slid around a bit on the climb up and on the ridge but there are lots of exposed rocks/roots to supplement the traction.  
Name: Borealis 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-01 
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