Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds XC Ski Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail, Greeley Ponds Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, March 19, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at XC ski trail. pulled off to side no other vehicles there at 0730hrs or 1300hrs. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all had snow bridges or plank timbers(Ponds trail) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails were good 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Started ascent on XC ski trail with micro-spikes at 0745hrs.

NOTE: Snowshoes or skis are required for this ski trail.

7degrees starting out with no wind and plenty of sun. About 35-40 minutes to the Osceola trail junction at 1.3miles. trail was easy going. Kept on with micro-spikes for the rest of the climb on Osceola Trail. Starts out easy but rapidly turns into about a 70% incline or better at times. Very steep and slower going with the micro-spikes but able to do it. I changed over to crampons for the descent but my partner had left his at home. A lot of fresh snow above 3000'elevation and going downhill did not work well with micro-spikes. Too steep and spikes slipping really badly. The ridiculously steep parts required butt sliding on his part using his ice axe as a braking tool. It works but lessons learned right. My crampons worked perfectly but slow going. A must for the descent. We walked out the Greeley Ponds trail to the road to check out the trail and road marched to my truck downhill at the XC ski trailhead. The trails were all hard packed and well traveled. But don't fall into the postholes you wont like it. Cold breezy but a good day. 5hr round trip.  
Name: rodmackay 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-19 
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