Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds trail, Goodrich Rock trail, Greeley Ponds spurs, Mt. Osceola trail, Tripoli Rd.
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the Livermore lot. Tripoli road is NOT open for its entire length as of today - the gate just to the east of the Mt. Osceola trailhead is closed and locked and there are barricades just beyond the Osceola Vista campground. Not sure when this section will open but looked like there was some large blowdowns that had been blocking the road that were removed within the past few days. Unsure if the western section of the road to 93 is open but there were no cars in the Mt. Osceola trailhead lot today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All fairly easy - was happy to have poles on the crossing of Mad River right before the lower pond 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Still patches of chainsaw-sized blowdowns from last year's storm, mostly on the Mt. Osceola trail: on and just below (south of) East peak summit, near the col and in the middle third heading down from main peak - other scattered smaller blowdowns but all easy to navigate. Moved many smaller branches and a few small trees whenever possible. All trails well marked and easy to follow, make sure to follow yellow blazes for Greeley Ponds and not the blue ones for the ski trails 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day - plenty of opportunities for water and no issues with the terrain. She is as agile as they come but the ladder on Goodrich Rock is definitely not safe for dogs of any size or ability. 
Bugs: Fortunately none, it was breezy most of the day especially on the summits 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Saw a gray tank top hanging from a tree just below the summit of main peak, left it where it was. 
Comments: Decided to link some 4k's with some redlining, CCW loop from Livermore today - Greeley Ponds trail is a highway for most of its length before the ponds, clearly a lot of effort was put into the reroutes and fixing after the hurricanes, thanks to all who did such a great job. Goodrich Rock is a neat spot with a great view, no issues with the trail, love the section that winds between two large boulders. The ski trail that goes straight where the trail heads down and to the left to cross the river right before the lower pond is the Lower Greeley Pond spur, had to back track a bit once I realized that's where it was - neat views of the surrounding peaks from both ponds. Mt. Osceola trail was its usual eroded PITA self up to East peak, patches of ice started to appear much sooner than anticipated (before the trail curves more right and gets super steep) but nothing significant until right before the summit, short stretch of monorail there - a few more smaller stretches of monorail down to the col but all easily avoidable, I brought rock spikes but not needed today. Started raining just after we left main peak, never rained hard but definitely enough to make the rocks on the lower sections very slippery - very little if any ice if I remember correctly. Walked Tripoli road back to the parking lot, never realized how many road side camping spots are on that section. We saw two groups of people around the ponds but otherwise we hiked in complete solitude today, it was wonderful - thanks Hannah for a great day.  
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-22 
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