Owl’s Head is probably the hardest to get to single 4,000 foot peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The quickest route to the summit is 9.1 miles right into the heart of the Pemigiwasset Wilderness. It features a lot of flat hiking from the Lincoln woods trail, but ends with a quick and steep ascent on the rockslides on Owl’s Head that face the east side of Franconia Ridge. Though this is a long hike, the views on the slide are fantastic, and the Lincoln Brook Trail is a beautiful path along the river with gorgeous rock formations. Camping is a fantastic option here.
Height: 4,025 feet
Distance: 18.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,992 feet
Hike Time: 6-10 hours
Lincoln Woods Trail
This trail begins by crossing an incredible bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and continues on very flat ground for 2.6 miles until you reach the bridge crossing Franconia Brook. The trail goes along an old logging railroad, so it is flat, wide, and features old railroad ties. You will take a left turn onto the Franconia Brook Trail.
Lincoln Brook Trail
After taking a left onto the Franconia Brook Trail towards the Lincoln Brook trail, you will continue on relatively flat ground for 1.7 miles before turning left onto the Lincoln Brook Trail. This trail goes along the beautiful Lincoln brook, and provides a lot of space for potential stealth campsites, and many stopping points for river watching or taking a dip.
Owl’s Head Path
The Owl’s Head path is a quick 1.1 miles up to the summit. A portion of this trail is a rock slide with very loose rocks that can be difficult to climb. Caution is recommended here. The views of Franconia Ridge are fantastic from this trail.
The Summit Of Owl’s Head
If you are a peak bagger, or just want to make sure you touch the actual summit, you must continue along the summit on a not so well traveled trail. You will find a Cairn at the actual summit. It can be a little difficult to find, and is slightly longer than you expect from the real trail (Between .1 and .2 miles).
Directions to Lincoln Woods Trailhead:
You can access Owl’s Head from the north side of the Pemi Wilderness from various trails. This peak is often summited by hikers doing a “half pemi loop”. If you have any questions about going from the north directions, let us know and we can help out.
Showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 10 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A chance of rain showers before 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. North wind 5 to 15 mph.
A chance of rain showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Rain showers likely before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 50%.