Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH
Trails: Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tripoli Road is now open. Waze routed to exit 28, but I used 31 as noted in most guidebooks and trail reports. For parking, for an arrival at 6AM, there were only two cars. The lot eventually filled to overflow outside the lot along the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Most running water was easily crossed, the flows were pretty tame. Some areas on the trail had huge pools of stagnant water / mud. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns which required to cross underneath 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Flies were not a problem in the morning hours (cooler temps, slight breeze), but towards noon at the lower elevation bugs came out in force as temps went up and breeze died down. They were very abundant in the parking lot area and biting etc. around 1PM. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A few items were at the parking lot near the pay station / info board. Some sort of beacon or walkie talkie and a glove or two. They were then when I arrived and when I left. 
Comments: Microspikes are no longer needed. The snow is very minimal. From Tripoli Road up the Mt. Osceola Trail, you only get a tiny taste of it in the last mile before the Osceola Summit and then it becomes a little more here and there between Osceola and East Osceola, but definitely nothing to get concerned about -- its pretty infrequent. I would be surprised if the remnants of the snow last more than a week or two. I post holed on a deteriorating monorail (as did a few other people I came across), but the depth is only about a foot, nothing crazy. There was a tiny bit of ice on one section of rock, but it was breaking up in areas -- I also cant imagine this will be around much longer. I can't emphasize enough that the snow is basically almost gone from the majority of the trail.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-27 
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