Note: The trail to the summit of Owls Head is closed to the public between 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday. Please respect the wishes of the private landowners and refrain from using this trail during that time.
Owls Head is one of the more popular short hikes in the region due to its ease of access, outstanding views and family recreation opportunity. This peak is also an excellent full moon hike and a clear starry night snowshoe in winter. Owls Head should not be mistaken for Owl Head Lookout in Elizabethtown.
Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for around 12 miles, to Owls Head Lane on the right. Drive up this road to a fork and park here. The trail is at the fork.
This is 0.6 mile, one-way hike, begins climbing immediately from the trailhead at a moderate uphill grade. The trail soon sweeps to the right to the first open view. As you continue to climb the views keep getting better. A short, low gradient area comes about halfway up before the final steep scramble over open rock to the summit. Most people can make it to the summit in less than an hour.
Elevation: 2,120 feet