Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH
Trails: Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 1, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Couple spots left at Tripoli parking lot upon 9am arrival. Lot full and cars parked along roadway at 3pm return. Note that Tripoli Rd is a dirt road for about 4 miles (approaching from rte 93). Road is in good condition and suitable for most vehicles. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Few minor blowdowns easily avoided. Very nice trail with minimal (yellow) blazes. Trail was easily followed by natural rock / boulder path from start to summit. Some pooled muddy areas near short flat approach before Osceola summit. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Couple well-behaved dogs out today - approach to Osceola from Tripoli much more forgiving than coming up very steep East Osceola from the Kanc. Chimney (and the bypass) between two summits could certainly pose a challenge for less experienced hiking dogs. 
Bugs: Either the bugs took most of this Monday off or maybe it was a sign that we're nearing an end to the bug season! They were out in full force upon return to the car, but other than that, hardly noticeable during the hike which was nice. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Out-and-back from Tripoli Rd rather than from the Kanc. was a very different and much easier hike due to the steeper ascent up East Osceola from the north. Mt. Osceola Trail is a very moderate and gradual climb from Tripoli (starting at nearly 2,300'). While there were hardly any blazes, trail was quite easy to follow with well-defined rock / boulder path from trailhead to summit.

Nice views from Osceola on large open ledges. No views at summit of East Osceola as summit is wooded, but small lookout area just north of summit (looking east). Final approach up Osceola (from Tripoli, starting at about 3,800' elevation) could be a bit slick with numerous tilted rock slabs and poor footwear. Chimney and the bypass were dry today. Both offer a short bit of technical climbing / scrambling but are doable with careful foot and hand placement.  
Name: Charlie 
E-Mail: skcharles at comcast dot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-07-01 
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