|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH|
||Mt. Osceola Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, August 16, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||$5.00 fee, parking was plentiful when I arrived but lot was full when I left. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues at the water crossings |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||This trail isn't marked/blazed--just be wary not to accidentally wander off the trail onto what looks like to be a trail |
||Saw a couple of dogs on the trail, only hazard might be near the chimney or some of the ledges if you let your canine pal off leash |
|Lost and Found:
||Picked up a water bottle (Poland Spring) that someone left behind--and lots of trash/TP on the trail. Pack it out people! ||
||Not a bad day for the Osceolas considering the clouds and the rain. Started at 8:00 AM from the Tripoli Rd. trailhead and made it back to the car by 1:00 PM. Trail was quiet in the morning, only ran into a couple of people, but the foot traffic picked up by late morning. Be sure to bring cash or a check for parking!|
The trail was in good shape. All blowdowns have been cleared (sure looks like it took a beating from the weather either recently or over the winter--tons of trees blown down). Some heavy areas of mud toward the summit of Osceola, but can either be hopped or bypassed. Made it to the summit of Osceola in about 1.5 hours. The summit turned out to be beautiful--the clouds were breaking and had some nice views of the mountains out east. After resting, made my way toward East Osceola. As your coming down from Mount Osceola you'll run into the Chimney--keep left if you want to bypass it (it's still pretty steep, but you're not climbing like the Chimney). Made it to East Osceola in about 30 minutes, took a rest and headed back. I stopped for lunch at the summit but unfortunately the rain rolled in, it wasn't too bad but enough for me to pack up and keep moving. Made it back to the car at 1:00 PM and was greeted by a full lot.
Met some really nice people yesterday. Overall was a great day and I think this mountain just became one of my favorites if I need to get a quick hike in with some nice views.
||M. Sully |
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.