Ascent of Owls Head on 2011-07-16

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Owls Head
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4025 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

Gudi and I started the long hike to Owl’s Head at 8:35am from the Lincoln Woods parking area. It is a gorgeous day for a long walk in the woods. The Lincoln Woods trail certainly is easy going and in no time we were at the Black Pond Trail head. The Black Pond trail was much more of a hiking trail, not like the interstate through the woods that the Lincoln Woods trail seemed like.
We arrived at Black Pond at around 9:55. The pond was very quiet and had lots of little fish swimming close to shore. We decided to bushwhack from here to the Lincoln Brook trail to save the mile. Turns out, that was a bad idea. I suppose in the winter, or when the leaves have lost all their leaves this would be a pretty easy shortcut, but in the height of summer it was very slow and soggy going. We reached the Lincoln Brook trail at 10:50 and decided then we will take the long way home!

The walk along the Lincoln Brook was very nice with some great views of the brook. We arrived at the Owl’s Head Slide at 12:05. Gudi started up the slide but decided she would rather wait at the bottom for my return. There were several hikers here today, I saw 2 groups each with 8 plus people and several groups of 2-3 along the slide and the path to the summit.

The slide was quite challenging, but the views from there were spectacular. Poor Owl’s Head seems to get a lot of bad press, but I thought the long hike was very pleasant and the challenge of the slide and the views from the slide made the hike very enjoyable. (But I most certainly wouldn’t want to be on the slide when it is wet!) I made it to the ‘new’ summit at 1:10.

I rejoined Gudi at the bottom of the Slide Trail at 2:05 and we started our long decent back to the car. It was a great day for a long walk in the woods, in the lower 80’s, the bugs seemed to be a pain at times, but not horrible. Since neither of us are good ‘rock hoppers’, I took off my boots and socks and waded across. Gudi also waded across, but left her shoes on. We arrived back at the car at 5:30 with very tired feet!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Distance:17 mi / 27.3 km
    Route:Lincoln Woods-Black Pond-Bushwhack-Lincoln Brook-O
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods  1225 ft / 373 m
    Time Up:9 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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