Owl's Head

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Owl's Head
Drive 63 miles (1 hour 25 minutes)
Hike 18 miles
Difficulty Strenuous

Welcome to the most remote 4000-footer in the White Mountains, an 18-mile round-trip hike with no maintained trail to the summit.

Driving Directions

Take I-91 North to exit 16, then follow Route 25 East to Route 5 North, after about 7 miles turn right onto Newbury Crossing Road. Turn left onto Route 10 North, then right onto 116 East. Follow this to its junction with Route 112, and remain on 112 for 18 miles to the Lincoln Woods parking area on the left.

Hiking Directions

Follow the Lincoln Woods trail about 2.5 miles, then turn left onto the Franconia Brook trail, just after Franconia Falls. Turn left onto Lincoln Brook Trail after about 1.7 miles, and follow this about 3.5 miles to use the most common route up Owl's head, or turn right and cross the stream at any point to forge your own route up the mountain. The distance from here to the summit has no maintained trail and ranges from about 1 to 2.5 miles.

Trip Reports


Group: Jon King '15 (Leader), David Polashenski '17 (Heeler), Greg Partridge '16, Matt West '17, Melissa Li '15

Trip Report: Set out early, made it to the base of the mountain relatively quickly with moderate postholing. Rotated the position of breaking trail through 1.5-2 feet of snow for the bushwhacking portion of the trip. We made it about halfway up the mountain before being forced to turn back to avoid hiking in the dark, and returned to the parking area about dusk.