Owl's Head Mountain

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). It is best known as one of the 48 White Mountain "Four-thousand 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 list by peakbaggers. 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.

Owl's Head Mountain SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by Dane

57 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Aug 2, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Lincoln Woods, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, Pemi Wilderness Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Trail and Lincoln Brook Trail to Owl's Head Path.

Others who’ve summited Owl's Head Mountain

  • snodough
  • StoneMan
  • sli74
  • shandril
  • 603MountainDweller
  • hiking4000
  • cellsman
  • Egg-O
  • esbelair85
  • Timk
  • MattyZ
  • DMOutdoors
  • lenfaucher
  • afgoldstein
  • donkeyrunner

Routes Used trails & approaches

13% Lincoln Woods, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path

13% Pemi Wilderness Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Trail

11% Lincoln Brook Trail to Owl's Head Path

9% Owl's Head Path, Lincoln Brook Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

9% Lincoln Brook Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

9% Lincoln Woods, Franconia Brook, Lincoln Brook, Owl's Head Path

5% Bushwhacked to Franconia Brook Trail

5% Owl's Head Path, Lincoln Brook Trail, Franconia Falls Bushwack, Franconia Falls Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

5% Owl's Head Path, Lincoln Brook Trail, Black Pond Bushwack, Franconia Falls Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail

3% Owl's head Path to Lincoln Brook Trail to 13 falls

3% Lincoln Woods, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Brutus Bushwack

1% Lincoln Woods, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwhack, Lincoln Brook, Owl's Head Path

1% falling waters trail to lincoln slide to owls head slide

1% Owl's Head Path, Lincoln Brook, Fisherman's Bushwhack, Franconia Falls Trail,Lincoln Woods

1% Lincoln Woods ,Franconia Falls, Lincoln Brook, Herd Path

1% North Twin Trail

Comments

  • scott scott
    commented on Sep 27, 2010
    Aborted an attempt to climb a direct route up the east slopes in late Dec 2009 when couldn't find a safe, unfrozen way across the Pemigewasset River. Perhaps the Lincoln Brook would have allowed a way across.

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Elevation

4,025 ft / 1,227 m

Prominence

missing please add!

Height Rank Range

White Mountains

Location

New Hampshire, United States

Summited by

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  • snodough
  • AntinJ
  • Dane
  • asamartin
  • StoneMan
  • sli74
  • shandril
  • 603MountainDweller
  • hiking4000
  • cellsman
  • newenglandwarrior
  • HopsAndScotch

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