Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks West Osceola, Middle Osceola, Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH
Trails: East Pond Trail, bushwhack, herd path, Mt. Osceola Trail, Greeley Ponds Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: no problems - got to Greeley Pond early enough to get a spot. Plenty of parking at East Pond trailhead 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brook crossings on East Pond and Greeley Pond trail rock hop able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: East Pond Trail: one walk around blowdown at appx. .8 miles in. Mt. Osceola Trail: one duck under between main summit and East peak Greeley Pond: one major walk around blowdown. Major brook crossing near trail head poorly marked. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: several on Mt. Osceola summit 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Osceola traverse. Spotted car at Greeley Pond trailhead. Began hike on East Pond trail. Started bw to West Osceola at height of land following 3 compass bearings to stay on a line that appears on the Forest Service 24K map. We stayed on course the entire way but had to bypass numerous blowdowns and several dense areas. It was challenging climbing for a short while. If flattened out a bit when changing to our second bearing. Nearing West Osceola summit we followed a faint herd path which got more obvious as we approached the summit. It pretty much followed our third bearing Signed on pad in canister jar on a tree right next to the herd path. Continuing on the herd path a short ways and enjoyed views from a small ledge. From there we descended it on the right side and headed to Middle Osceola. Lost this herd path once with blowdowns blocking it. Reached Middle Oscelo summit according to GPS but no canister. After leaving summit saw a faint herd path coming in on the right. After following it a short ways found the canister and sign. Took waypoint as I need to return to sign pad for Trailwrights 72 list. From there, the herd path became more obvious as we continued to the Mount Osceola trail. The herd path joins it at the last switchback south of the Mount Osceola summit. Enjoyed lunch with great views on the main summit with many others. Continued east bypassing the chimney and back up over East Osceola. From here the going was very slow and long descending over wet slippery fresh fallen leaves on rock. Major brook crossing on Greeley Pond trail has no blazes or signs but looking to the left one can see a trail opening.
Name: Dexhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-02 
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