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Ascent of Owls Head on 2014-07-21

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Others in Party:Peter (aka thegibba)
Phil (aka Coach)
Date:Monday, July 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Owls Head
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4025 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked Owl's Head with Peter (aka thegibba) and Phil (aka Coach) and had a blast!

Peter and I met at Lincoln Woods around 8 AM and then set out over the suspension bridge onto the Lincoln Woods Trail. It was very long, flat, and straight, much like it was when I hiked the Bonds. At 2.9 miles, we reached the bridge over Franconia Brook, crossed it, then entered the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Here, the Bondcliff Trail went right and the Franconia Brook Trail went left. We turned left onto the Franconia Brook Trail.

This trail was long, flat, and straight too, but it was more like a real trail and not a super-highway like the LW Trail. We crossed a few minor brooks along the way, and at 1.7 miles from the LW Trail, we turned left onto the Lincoln Brook Trail.

This trail started out by making a loopy turn and then crossing Franconia Brook. We couldn't figure out a way to rock-hop it, so we ended up fording the brook. Man, that water was cold (but refreshing)! After that, the trail crossed Lincoln Brook twice, following the brook bank along the way. Shortly after the second Lincoln Brook crossing, we came to a cairn and arrow marking the start of the Owl's Head Path. It was here that we ran into Phil (aka Coach), a gentleman who came from the north on the Lincoln Brook Trail. We chatted for a few minutes and reviewed the path description he brought, and then we decided to all hike to the top together.

The path started out easy but then became quite steep, eventually reaching the foot of the slide it ascended. Here, it became extremely steep and rough, with rough loose rock footing. The view of the backside of the Franconia Ridge was well worth it, though. At the top of the slide, the path entered the woods to the left and became easier, soon reaching the false summit at the beginning of the ridge. From here, we walked the quarter-mile to the true summit, where there was a cairn and a makeshift "AMC NH" flag. We ate lunch with a couple and their dog, and after a while we all headed back down to the Lincoln Brook Trail. It was here that Peter and I parted ways with Coach and then headed back to the trailhead.

42 down, 6 to go!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2850 ft / 868 m
    Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route:Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincol
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods parking lot  1175 ft / 358 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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