Talk:Owl's Head (Franconia, New Hampshire)

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Couple of points: 1) The mountain doesn't really have a name. Check GNIS or any official map: "Owl's Head" refers to the bump at the southern end of the ridge, about a mile from the summit (that's a long distance for New England peaks). The idea of calling the 4025' summit and/or the whole mountain "Owl's Head" apparently started with the AMC peak-bagging list. It's never been official, and even the AMC's own maps don't use it consistently. The summit is most properly known as "Unnamed Peak Above Owl's Head." One recent AMC map has coined the name "Owl's Head Mountain", which I think is an elegant solution.

2) The evidence is overwhelming that the 4025' true summit was at most *re*discovered. All the old maps have it at the right spot, it's just that the trail, which was created by hikers following the AMC list, ended before reaching that spot.