Ascent of Owls Head on 2011-07-31

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Anne
Date:Sunday, July 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Owls Head
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4025 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

I thought I'd post a trip report on Friday since it's now been DAYS since many of us have hiked.

This past Sunday Anne, Zac and I decided to follow up our Bonds traverse with a hike to Owl's Head. We're now averaging 19 miles over our last two hikes. Or I guess that's 12.7 miles/day. Not too shabby, whatever way you look at it. This would be my third trip to the Owl which is shocking to me since I distinctly remember thinking I'd never have to return after completing my first trip. That first trip was in winter so even if I decided to do the winter list I was covered. And yet this was trip number 3. Ugh. But this would be visit #1 for Anne and Zac.

We decided to forgo the Black Pond bushwhack because we like water crossings and it's all flat miles anyway. It took us about 3.5 hours to get to the slide. The slide is my favorite part of the hike and here's the view of the Franconia Ridge and the Lincoln slide:

The footing is very loose on the slide, more so than on the Tripyramids, for comparison. We snacked on a flat spot before getting back into the trees. We saw a glider buzzing the Franconia ridge while we sat. We followed the herd paths to the summit. Upon arrival Zac exclaims "Oh you've got to be kidding me!!" He knew there was no view but still somehow expected *something*. So yes, Owl's Head still has a disappointing summit.

We slowly made our way down the slide and the seemingly unending hike back. Anne's completed 41 of the NH48 now.

I'm curious if people like hiking to Owl's Head. I certainly would never have traveled to it if it wasn't on The List. But I have to admit I enjoyed it somehow. Tell me if you enjoyed or not. And why.

On a side note, I just got a new pair of hiking boots so this was the last hike for the old pair. I estimate that I hiked at least 417 miles in them. Does anyone else have any mileage estimations for their boots?
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Trailhead:1175 ft / 358 m
Descent Statistics

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