Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Whaleback Mountain - South Peak, Big Coolidge Mountain, NH
Trails: Old Osseo Trail, bushwhacks
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
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. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
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
Trail Maintenance Notes: The old Osseo is in great shape up to the Whalebacks col. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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.  
Name: zporterColdRiverCampCook 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-11 
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