|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH|
||Greeley Ponds XC Ski Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, March 4, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at wide out for ski trail which was plowed |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Headed up the ski trail and started straight out with snowshoes. Fellow hikers, if using the ski trail please use snowshoes to keep a flat path for skiers skinning up.|
Reaching Mt Osceola trail it was a little chopped up in the fresh powder. One set of snowshoe tracks ahead of me. With ample powder and solid base my snowshoes bit in great and took the televator express up the steeps. Past the slide path the drifts started emerging but none too crazy. East Peak was pleasant and mostly out of the wind but descending I was whipped with wind driven snow at times.
The chimney bypass was the way to go today. Rather uneventful from there to Osceola proper. Snow depth picked up a little on the ascent. Certainly still soft between the peaks. Summit area of Osceola is icy and wind blown. The descent wasn't too bad though the chimney bypass was slow coming down. Switched to full crampons just past the slide path and kept them on for the steep stuff. Switched right back into snowshoes which I wore the remainder of the hike. Winds were whipping all day so expect drifting on the ridges. Snowshoes are still the way to go despite solid packed base down low.
||BK Noonan |
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.