Owl's Head

Date of Hike: 2/19/12

Lincoln Woods Trail: 2.6 miles
Black Pond Trail / Bushwhack: 2.4 miles
Lincoln Brook Trail: 2.7 miles
Brutus Bushwhack / Owl's Head Path: 2.6 miles
Lincoln Brook Trail: 2.7 miles
Bushwhack / Black Pond Trail: 2.4 miles
Lincoln Woods Trail: 2.6 miles
Total Miles: Approx 18.0 (3,250 elevation gain)
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Trip Report:
- I hiked Owl's Head last month and got to hike the slide in the winter so it was time to head back and hike the Brutus Bushwhack in the winter!
- Alton's friend Kat had not hiked Owl's Head so she and her dog Reggie the German Shepard came along to hike her 47th 4,000 footer.
- The weather was perfect for the hike deep into the Pemigewasst Wilderness, around thirty degrees and no wind, and the trails were all broken out and easy to follow.
- The Black Pond Bushwhack came out lower than the previous two winter hikes I had done but not as low as the 'FU - Bushwhack to Nowhere' from last month. This one came out a quarter of a mile lower and didn't hook onto the Lincoln Brook Trail until it came in from the right over a water crossing.
- The Brutus Bushwhack, left the old skidder road earlier than last year so it was steeper but none of us minded as it got us up above and cut across to the Owl's Head Path faster.
- Reggie the dog did great out hiking all of us as we huff and puffed up to Owl's Head ridge, where we went by the old summit and headed about a quarter mile further to the new summit which is only couple of feet higher!
- We ran into a group of three at what they thought was the summit, it was close enough for all of us, actually we had gone past it about fifty feet or so, on the way out I saw the top of the rock pile within a couple of feet of the broken out trail.
- The hike out was great and went fast, I looked for old signs of higher paths for the Black Pond Bushwhack and did see two entries that looked to be about a week old but the path we took was very gradual so it was actually better eventhough probably a little longer of a hike.
- The only boring part was the last 2.6 miles on everybody's favorite trail, the Lincoln Woods / Wilderness Trail which is much easier in the winter with the railroad ties being buried beneath the snow.
- Back at the car we changed into warm clothes and got some yummy food after another great winter hike in the White Mountains!

Pictures: Click here for all Pictures

 Reggie leading the way on the Lincoln Woods Trail
 Lincoln Brook Trail
 Lincoln Brook Trail
 Bondcliff Ridge from Black Pond
Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge


  1. this brings back the memories! i completed my 48 on Owl's Head. Did I read right that the Brutus Bushwhack avoids the slide?

  2. Hi Grant, yeah just past a water crossing 3.0 miles in on the Lincoln Brook Trail about 0.4 miles from the slide path you cut up into the woods (It's the last water crossing before the slide path actually and you head into the woods a few hundred feet past the crossing). It's steep at first but very soon you hit an old skidder road and take that to the right and it's gradual and it ends at a drainage, before the drainage you head up, it's steep but in the woods. Then you wiggle your way to the left above some cliffs and intersect the Owl's Head Path above the slide 0.3 from the old summit! It's fun but I prefer the slide!

  3. Thanks Chris! I loved the slide as well....although it could be tricky in the winter I bet!