|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH|
||Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 9, 2015|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The Greeley Pond trailhead parking by the Kancamagus Highway is small and the cars spilled out along the road. Lot is a fee area. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossing of the South Fork of Hancock Branch on Greeley Ponds trail was easy on rocks as water level was low. This crossing can get trickey when water levels are high. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails in good condition. A few bog bridges on the Greeley Ponds trail are deteriorating or broken but most are in good condition. One maple tree across Greeley Ponds trail is a recent blow down but isn't hard to get by. Trees crisscrossing above the Mt Osceola Trail between the two summits causes no problems at this time but may pose difficulties during the snow season. |
||Saw many dogs today. All were in good behavior and enjoying the day. Water a bit scarce on the Mt Osceola Trail from Greeley Ponds trail to Mt Osceola. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails are in good shape. The hike up the Mt Osceola Trail is steep with rough footing at times. Surfaces were dry today so there was less chance of slippage although some loose rocks may cause a bit of sliding especially on descent. Make sure to look up to see the cliffs of East Osceola and the view down to Greeley Ponds from the open ledge on the ascent up to East Osceola. At the top of the steep stretch is a side trail to a nice viewpoint (no sign). While on Mt Osceola it is worth going to a nice viewpoint to the north of the Mt Osceola Trail just to the west of the large open ledge area. It begins at a rock outcrop which has two footings from the old fire tower.|
Unfortunately refuse can be found on both Osceola and East Osceola from those who disrespect others hiking in the area. Remember to Leave no Trace.
Met many hikers enjoying the day. Talked with Hiker Ed.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.