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: Friday, April 5, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Was not plowed upon arrival at 6:15am, plowed when we returned at 6:45 pm, both times we were the only car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Two major crossings were fairly easy, took some careful foot placement and planning but was doable by just rock hopping. The 1 million wet spots with mud and minor trickles seemed to be the worse with a “death by a thousand cuts” feeling by the end of the day.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Take this trail report as you please, even the difference between the start and end was drastic so the next few days could alter trails drastically, just know two dumb hikers were out breaking trail today.
Started with snowshoes from the car and wore them all the way to the summit and back to the car, probably could have taken them off on the return trip on Lincoln woods but didn’t have the energy. We broke trail through a wide range of snow depth, starting with 4-6 and going up to 12-16 with drifts slightly higher on Brutus and the ridge to the peak. Snowshoes will definently be needed, the trail is very soft with a lot of loose powder and heavy drifting, stayed pretty much right on track for both bushwhacks minus a few slight deviations, most were fixed on the return trip. By the time we had returned to the black pond bushwhack most of the snow had turned to slush with 2-3 inches of snow on top and mud as the bottom layer. Up high will be a different story for at least a few days snow was mid calf height constantly with some deeper spots and drifting, we were able to get a solid track packed down from the summit until about a mile after the last water crossing on the return trip. Snow was falling for the majority of the day sometimes light sometimes pretty constant so this may aid in keeping the track for a day or two.  
Name: George and Gemma  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-05 
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