Family Fun From The Inside...OUT!
This one felt like cheating, because it was more like late Spring than Winter conditions! Wellllll….except for the summit push, that was ALL Winter, an icy scramble requiring caution AND traction aides, like most of the trails this year. Once we arrived at the summit, we were rewarded for all of the hard work with nearly windless, warm conditions. We stayed up there for close to an hour and a half and did not need to bundle up.
Owl’s Head Mountain Winter Fire Tower Challenge – About the Hike:
This was a harder-than-we-thought-it-would-be hike – I am not sure why. On my Challenge spreadsheet, I had around 700 feet of elevation gain and 6 miles, but I looked again as I created a group hike invite and found many more reports of 1,200 feet. So, that’s significant, but I knew that going in! Once you approach 1,000 feet per mile, things get steep. Especially if, like most mountain climbs, you gain a great deal of elevation on the final summit push over a short distance. This is the case with Owl’s Head, you will lose elevation as you approach the Observer’s Cabin site, then you make your summit climb.