After rising earlier than expected, I was at the trailhead by 6:20am and on trail by 6:35am.
I made quick work of the 2.7mi hike along Lincoln Woods and took the right hand path for Black Pond and then followed the bushwhack to connect over to Lincoln Brook trail. I quickly passed a group of 4 people on skies by Black Pond and then I was the first set of tracks since the last snow. With the recent melt and refreeze, I was easily able to bareboot it from Lincoln Woods by Black Pond and through that bushwhack to the trail split with the Brutus Bushwhack. It was like a concrete sidewalk with maybe 3 inches of dry powder.
For the Brutus Bushwhack, I needed to throw on snowshoes and slog uphill. I was able to follow the bushwhack fairly well, with only a few redirections before hitting the main herdpath up towards the summit. I had a little challenge in navigating through the trees without a fully defined path toward the summit, but made it through without too much trouble. The next person up the trail was the trail maintainer for Lincoln Brook trail and he showed me the actual summit marker!
On my way back down the ‘wack, I ran into maybe 15 people on their way up, all in snowshoes. Once I made it back to Lincoln Brook Trail, I took off my snowshoes and it was a very quick, well packed trail back to my car.