Easy Pickings on Owl's Head

Date of Hike: 11/18/15

Lincoln Woods Trail: 3.0 miles  /  Franconia Brook Trail: 1.5 miles  /  Lincoln Brook Trail: 3.4 miles  /  Owl's Head Path: 2.2 miles  /  Lincoln Brook Trail: 3.4 miles  /  Franconia Brook Trail: 1.5 miles  /  Lincoln Woods Trail: 3.0 miles
Total Miles: 18.0 (3,116 feet elevation gained)

Trip Report:
- Once again I took advantage of one of the mildest November's in the White Mountains that I can remember to head into the Pemigewasset Wilderness and up Owl's Head.  I stuck to the trails for the hike bypassing the more popular routes for this time of year (Black Pond and Brutus bushwhacks).
- The two big water crossings on the Lincoln Brook Trail were running very low but there was ice on the rocks that barely stuck out of the water.  The bigger rocks were free of ice so I carefully used those to make it across the first crossing, my long stride and balance came in handy here, if not I would have plunged in!  The second big crossing was much easier to navigate without having to puzzle together a point of attack.  The other water crossings that are small to mid sized were really easy to hop across.
- After eight miles I made it to the slide and headed up without issue.  The slide had a few sections of ice that were easily negotiated.  The worst ice was just above the slide in the woods where an ice flow had formed, this was easily bypassed to the left up a herd path.
- Above the Brutus Bushwhack rock there was a dusting of snow to a inch or two up to and along the ridge to the summit cairn.  It was a really quiet hike to and from Owlie as I only saw one person while along the Lincoln and Franconia Brook trails and that was near the wilderness boundary.  As I hiked back out along the Lincoln Woods Trail I saw about a dozen people out enjoying the late morning along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.

I waited until summiting, so pictures will be from top bottom today.  As you can see I'm growing a beard, it's keeping my face nice and warm on these cool shoulder season hikes

The Owl's Head Path along the ridge and just below the ridge had an inch or two of snow

Just before breaking out onto the slide the path has a nasty ice flow in it

The upper part of Owl's Head Slide

 The lower section of the slide is loose gravel and boulders

Lincoln Slide as seen from Owl's Head Slide

 The Lincoln Brook Trail is an old railroad grade which is very nice in spots

 However, there are a few spots that are a muddy mess!

The Lincoln Brook Trail is becoming a little more messy as each year passes

Lincoln Brook Trail

The sun shinning brightly over the Pemi Wilderness

Lincoln Brook and the Lincoln Brook Trail

The two large water crossing at the beginning of the Lincoln Brook Trail

Franconia Brook Trail is a really nice flat trail with great footing

Lincoln Woods Trail

Lincoln Woods suspension bridge

Route for the day (click here for details)

Elevation profile

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