Yeah, I know. Who would pick Owl’s Head as a birthday hike? Owl’s Head is certainly not a favorite among most hikers, at least not among those we chatted with on the hike. While it isn’t my personal favorite peak, it certainly isn’t last on my list and a trip out to the Owl is always rewarding. We had multiple reasons for picking the Owl and the route we took, both peakbagging and redlining.
We started the day at the Lincoln Woods parking area. Any time I go there, I am most likely going on or have been on a long adventure. We headed across the river and up the trail to the Black Pond Trail. Ethan had not been on the Black Pond Trail, plus the end of that trail is the start of the Black Pond bushwhack to shorten the trip to Owl’s Head while also avoiding two of the larger stream crossings. As luck would have it, as we neared Black Pond and the large boulder, we heard voices. We ran into HikerEd, G.Jubinville and Lou, who were also doing the the bushwhack. We teamed up and were able to catch up with each other along the way.
About 45 minutes later, we popped out right after the second large crossing, had a snack and then left the three to their hike as we continued up the Lincoln Brook Trail to the Owl’s Head slide entrance.
We met a few other hikers along the way and we ended up hiking as a small group up the slide and to the summit. The three other hikers had never been to Owl’s Head, so it was nice to head up as a group. Everyone made it to the summit clearing and after a congratulating, picture taking and snacking, we headed back down the way we came.
Back at the at the crossing where we came out of the Black Pond bushwhack, Ethan and I decided that it was still early enough, so we headed down the Fisherman’s Path (also a bushwhack/rough path/not a real trail) that leads to Franconia Falls and the Franconia Falls Trail. I had never been to Franconia Falls, so that was a new trail for me. We found and lost the path many times, and it certainly looked like there had been some rearranging of the small tributary streams in recent years. We kept finding campsites along the way, so we knew people had been accessing the area somehow. By just keeping reasonably close to the river and keeping it on our left, we crossed one last stream, went up a bank and found a reasonably well beaten out path that lead right to Franconia Falls and the end of the Franconia Falls Trail. After that it, it was a quick hike out to the Wilderness Trail and back to the parking lot.
It was great trip out to the Owl, and nice to spend a day out redlining and peakbagging with my husband!