Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Greeley Ponds parking lot not plowed or accessible. You must park further down Kanc or on side of road. We parked off side of road near trailhead no problem. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All ice bridged nothing major. Ice bridge starting to breakdown. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns, plenty of eye level branches that can poke you due to high snow level. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Maya was well behaved  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Broken cheap trekking pole. We hiked it out and discarded it. 
Comments: Late 3:10p start from Greeley Ponds trailhead. Temps were warm, like 45F with warm sun. Near blue bird with no wind at all. We started hike in spikes, trail was hardpack snowshoe trench. No rocks or ice. Snow was slightly soft but our boots did no damage. We were careful not to travel off trail to post hole.

We stayed in spikes up East Osceola on Mt Osceola trail and my goodness that trail is steep! Someone had butt slid most of it and I wished I had an ice axe just in case! A bit sketchy with a few areas of blue ice just under the snow. We probably should have put on snowshoes before the chimney. No ice here, but it was a bit soft. I recommend them with heal lifters for the steep ascent.

We did put on snowshoes after the East peak and stayed in them the rest of the day. Super fast conditions with snowshoes to Mt. Osceola and back to East then down the wicked steep sections back to Greeley Ponds trail. We got out just before dark and did not need our headlamps. Total hiking time 4hrs 3mins.

Great day out with Tara and Maya the husky dog.  
Name: Mr. Irrelevant 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-17 
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