Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Whaleback Mountain, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails: Old Osseo Trail, bushwhack, Osseo Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: room for several cars at Clearbrook condo development visitor parking area 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There were several minor crossings and 1 major crossing - had to step on icy rocks/rocks below water level to safely cross. All streams required careful selection of crossing site.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Old Osseo Trail is VERY difficult to follow above Whaleback in winter. I don't recommend it at all. Several times I almost turned around. I noticed flagging in certain spots. The snow, being maybe 2-3' deep puts the firs at about 3-4' above the snow - VERY difficult to find the corridor. Occasional yellow blazes helped. Eventually, along the ridge, I just took a north bearing and bushwhacked to the Osseo Trail - was VERY tedious.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: crossed some large dog tracks coming down the steeps 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was not a good choice of route to a 4K for the calendar day. My goal was to avoid postholed trails to avoid turning an ankle. I really wasn't planning a bushwhack, either and I didn't remember this being a bushwhack trip (during summer as I've hiked it before, perhaps a few years ago). SO, after a recent (skiing) eye injury and having no eye protection proved vexing along the ridge as I tried to protect my eye with my hand as well as navigate in the zero temperature and hold poles. At times, the trail corridor just disappeared. Glad I carried hand warmers as it was horrifically arctic along the ridge. Once on the regular Osseo Trail, I couldn't find the Old Osseo Trail from that end either. Side hilling was very rough.

Descent was tough also - at times I wished I had crampons as the dusty snow just covered up icy crust. In places, on the steeps, I just scooched down - butt sliding didn't really work. I took it very slow - I think the descent took longer than the ascent. I couldn't stop to do anything as it was just too cold.

All in all, better than a day indoors, but, not by much!!!! Took about 6.5 hours RT for around 10 miles - YIKES - it was SLOW  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-04 
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