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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH
Trails
Trails: Tripoli Road, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, April 4, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: four cars total at Livermore 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none today 
Bugs
Bugs: none today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We wanted to visit the O's but considering all the ice from the Greely side and the chilly temps we decided to Park at Livermore and do the road walk. The road was mostly clear and dry other than a few icy patches, closer to the trailhead the ice becomes constant. MOT was dry and free of snow at the start of the day, after the first mile traction was needed. Before heading to East peak we changed into crampons and we still used trees, rocks, bypasses, and slowly picked our way over to summit number two. On the ridge there was between 3-5 inches of powder that made it all the more difficult to decipher ice from hard pack. The bypass of the bypass was the least of our concern. Back on Osceola summit the crampons came off and we used spikes; we thought the tough stuff was over - descending on a trail of tracks that were filled in by fresh powder was an ankle twisting party of sorts. Then once in a while a step on what appeared to be an inch of fresh powder was a death step on boilerplate ice patches that sent us lurching and skating about testing our ability to stay vertical. This hike is in my top 5 most challenging hikes. The road walk back was completely covered in snow and traction was necessary. I was so excited to meet the one and only Snowflea! We saw 4 others all day, one in spikes and the others in crampons. Super fun day with ES and DC.  
Name
Name: Rachel 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ball one three one one at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-04 
Link
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