With frigid morning temperatures predicted (one source was calling for -18F at the trailhead in the morning), we moved the meeting time back an hour to 7AM when the sun would be just about rising. With 6" of new snow the night before, snowshoes went on at the parking lot and would not come off until the same spot over 12 hours later. The bright side was that the temperature according to the thermometer at the ranger station was a much more moderate -10F, haha!
|Sorry its a little blurry. But this is the thermometer as we started hiking. Brrr!|
|Part of the Bondcliff Ridge as seen from Black Pond|
|Starting up the Lincoln Brook Trail|
|Snow-covered Lincoln Brook|
|This is actually the wide, fast-flowing Lincoln Brook!|
|Sun, soft snow, just a beautiful day in the woods|
I had been curious to see what these stream crossings looked like when bridged, since my only prior winter trip had been a few days after a heavy rain which blew out all the bridges. Well, the stream was almost totally bridged along its whole length, so bridged in fact that the first crossing (which is actually a feeder stream) was barely recognizable as a stream crossing. The next 2 crossings were the same, which was nice since for once crossing these stream crossings was a non-issue!
|Crossing #2 - Liberty Brook|
|Crossing #3, and the final one - the main Lincoln Brook|
Now on a regular trail (even if it is unofficial), we made better time though the ridge seemed like it would never come. But come it did, then there were the several false summits before the final, true summit of this mountain. We took a short break at the summit, but with it getting late, we wanted to be down off the Brutus Bushwhack before dark, though none of us were looking forward to the descend into and along the gulley. Roger left ahead of us, best of luck finishing your 4000-Footers!
|Owl's Head summit cairn|
|Owl's Hat on Owl's Head!|
Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Brutus Bushwhack, Owl's Head Path
Peaks: Owl's Head (4025', NH4K)
Mileage: ~17 miles
Elevation Gain: ~3100 feet
Book Time: 10 hours (actual of 12hr 15min)
|Ignore the random large down-spike in the elevation profile during the ascent, my GPS lost its mind for a few minutes...|