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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Osceola, Middle Osceola, West Osceola, NH
Trails
Trails: Mt. Osceola Trail, herd paths, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Tripoli Rd. has many potholes, and most are difficult to avoid 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Very easy  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Good shape, in general, but the top of Mt. Osceola Trail needs a few bog bridges very badly. Herd paths and trail widening are occurring 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw several happy ones. Numerous small streams provide lapping opportunities, in addition to the small lakes mentioned under "TRail Conditions";-) 
Bugs
Bugs: Only a few toward evening 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A perfect day to be in the woods. The herd paths to Middle and W. Osceola are continuous, but bushwhacking skills are still needed, just in case....there are several braided paths, and many blowdown areas. A footpath, and crushed sticks are the best trail signs. Two questions: Why are the canisters, which used to be white with red caps, now both painted black? W. Osceola's canister is right on the herd path, maybe a hundred feet west of Peggy's Perch. The Middle Osceola canister has its own out-n-back herd path, a couple hundred feet long, to the south of the "main" herd path. Thank you to those who provided pencils, new notebooks, and double bagging. The W. Osceola notebook is slightly damp, but the canister doesn't seem to be leaking. Visits this summer seem to be about weekly. The 7/28 visitors to West didn't sign the Middle notebook, either because they didn't visit, or because the canister was too far off the herd path to be found. #46 of Trailwrights 72 for me. I had Middle Osceola from a trip last fall. Oh, I said "two questions" ---my other one is about a partly buried wire on the herd path near the jct with Mt. Osceola Trail. It seems to have been there a long time, but I never noticed it before. It's exposed in two places.  
Name
Name: D Hart 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Dhart222222@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-03 
Link
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