|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH|
||Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail, East Pond Trail, Little East Pond Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, May 26, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I parked at East Pond Trailhead on the Kancamagus, which is awesomely flat and shaded!! |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The main water crossing on Greeley Pond Trail is rock-hoppable.
The water crossing on the Tripoli Road side of East Pond is bridged.
The water crossing on Little East Pond 0.1 miles from East Pond Trail has an awesome log … and there is a pile of brand new lumber close by. Will there be a bridge built here? If we are building bridges this summer, may I request a bridge for the 3rd water crossing on the North Twin Trail? Pretty please?
The water crossing on the Kanc side of East Pond has submerged rocks. It was a warm sunny day so I waded right across it in my shoes. I got wet up to my shins with all of my splashing. That felt fabulous!! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Nothing of concern on any of the trails I was on today. All are well maintained, with particular note of the fine and recent saw work on East Pond, just below the height of land on the Tripoli Road side. I stood there for a moment, admiring the handiwork! |
||Saw two, who were incredibly well mannered and were hiking with extraordinarily nice humans! |
||Oh my gosh, just terrible. The intermittent breeze helped, intermittently. |
|Lost and Found:
||Nothing today. ||
||Today I hiked a long loop that I would highly recommend. I parked at East Pond on the Kanc and hiked up the Kanc to the Greeley Ponds Trailhead. I then hiked Greeley Ponds to Mt Osceola Trail, which I traversed to Tripoli Rd. Then 1.4 mile roadwalk (all downhill, yay for good planning) to the East Pond Trailhead. Then some shenanigans for Hiking the White Mtn Guide - I hiked up East Pond Trail to the intersection with East Pond Loop. I then hiked back down East Pond Trail (from whence I came) and hiked Little East Pond Trail and East Pond Loop Trail. Then I hiked the rest of East Pond Trail back to my car. |
This was a great route because I didn’t have to descend the Kanc side of Mt Osceola Trail! I only saw people between the two summits and down Mt Osceola Trail to the Tripoli trailhead, noting that that parking lot was completely full when I got there at 1130am. The bathrooms are sparklingly clean - thank you!
Tripoli Rd is in good shape and was an easy road walk.
East Pond trails had some mud in places, mostly avoidable with rock hopping. The bugs were swarms that you had to walk through - eek! The ecosystem close to Little East Pond is absolutely fantastic - I have never seen such large trillium blossoms, or so many plants!!
Overall a terrific loop! In case it helps you, it was 18.4 miles, 4895’ of gain.
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.