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 Owl's Head 
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 Owl's Head
Three of us hiked Owl's Head on 6/30/13. All experienced - in fact for one of the three this was the 48th and final 4000 footer.
It was also the first time any of us exceeded the estimated time in the AMC guidebooks for a trail. Conditions are not very good right now. All trails were wet and boggy. The rock slide was mostly very wet and slippery. I wore light hikers, but that was a mistake. Wear full leather, water proof boots! Being able to step into 3 inches of water or wet mud makes a huge difference.

The stream crossings were hard. On 3 or 4 the crossings, water was thigh deep which means that each crossing meant changing out of boots into water shoes, securing boots to backpack, drying off, changing footwear... which explained the longer than estimated trail time.
The current was also very fast, and with the water so deep, most rocks were covered and so it was difficult to get a lay line across the stream.

Blazes on the trees would have been a big help on and leading to the Owl's Head path. There are several false trails parallel to the river and also near the summit.

Other than that, a great 14 hour hike! We lucked out with weather. It was sunny and warm (which helped with drying off after the crossings) after a very rainy day before.

Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:33 am
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Congrats on #48.

There were a few points along the way where I also wanted a trail marker, but one thing that makes Owl's Head so great is that its entirely enclosed within the wilderness.

Welcome to the board.

Nothin' on the top but a bucket and a mop,
and an illustrated book about birds.
You see alot up there, but don't be scared:
Who needs actions when you got words?

Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:13 am
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Owl's Head Path is not an official trail and those herd paths that lead to the new summit have never been a trail (hence no sign for the Path). I believe with the Wilderness Regulations they no longer blaze trails in the wilderness either, but I could be mistaken.

Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:37 am
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Congratulations! We did North Twin yesterday, and the third crossing made me think we were back at Owl's Head! Those paths on top of OH are confusing!

Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:09 pm
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 Re: Owl's Head
karla&bob wrote:
Blazes on the trees would have been a big help on and leading to the Owl's Head path. There are several false trails parallel to the river and also near the summit.

Welcome to the board! As the others have noted, there won't be (official) signage or blazes on Owl's Head Path. Yes, the herd paths leading to the summit are a maze, but most heard toward the summit cairn. Part of the appeal of OH for me is its rough remoteness.

When we did it last fall, we also experienced high water crossings that slowed us down. Our entire trip was 13 hours.

Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:17 pm
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