Route: Owl's Head (NH)

New Hampshire, US
17.28 mi
Vertical Gain
3,058 ft

Owls Head is a 4,025 foot mountain in the White Mountains. It is part of the Pemigewasset Wilderness along with Mount Hancock, South Hancock Mountain and Mount Carrigain.

It is one of the only NH 48 4,000 footers without a maintained trail to the summit. (But so many hikers have been there, that the trail is obvious.) There are no views from the wooded summit, but you can catch some great spots with views along the Owl's Head Path looking to Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln and Little Haystack Mountain.

In 2005, it was discovered that the summit was actually a lower peak of the mountain. The true summit is now classified as being 0.2 miles north of that. (If you hiked the mountain before 2005, or hearing of this news, your original hike to the false summit, still counts!) The summit area of Owl's Head is a bit tricky with multiple narrow trails that can seem like a maze, but they all lead to the summit cairn.


GPS Track