|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Whaleback Mountain - South Peak, Big Coolidge Mountain, NH|
||Old Osseo Trail, bushwhacks|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 11, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking is in the visitors area of clearbook condos. Signs say residents and guests only, but I think it is accepted for hikers to park. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The one at the very start of the old Osseo looked a little questionable, but ice seems to be firm for now. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The old Osseo is in great shape up to the Whalebacks col. |
|Lost and Found:
||The Old Osseo was hard packed with evidence of recent travel. I took it up to the Whaleback, South Whaleback Col and bushwhacked towards the false peak. The snow is very supportive in snowshoes. The woods were not bad. The Northwest bump is recognized, but is not the highpoint. The Southeast bump is the highpoint and is also recognized. |
I returned to the trail and followed it down to a point about 3/4mi from the start. I bushwhacked up towards the southern ridge. The woods were mainly open to start. Once I hit the ridge, I turned north and began following it. Things got thicker and I had to work around some cliffs. As I approached the sub-peak to the north, thinks remained think and I made some steep somewhat icy climbs. Reaching the sub-peak, the tricky climbing ended, but things remained on the tight side until I got to the recognized high point. Returning in my tacks required care and some downclimbing, due to steep/icy conditions. I wore snowshoes the entire hike.
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.