Owl's Head lies in the Pemigewasset Wilderness between the Franconia Branch of the Pemigewasset River (to its east) and Lincoln Brook (to its west and south).
Best known as one of the 48 White Mountain "4000 Footers" and stands out as the only one of the 48 without an officially maintained path to the summit.
An unofficial, unmaintained herd path up a slide comes within 0.2 miles of the viewless summit.
It receives (as does Mount Isolation) a disproportionately frequent role as the last 4000-footer to be climbed in the NH 4000 Footers Peak Challenge.
In the fall of 2005, it was (re-)discovered that the traditional summit of Owl's Head (reached by the unmaintained beaten path) is actually a lower peak, and the true summit is approximately 0.2 mi north along the ridgeline.
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