Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Whaleback Mountain - South Peak, Big Coolidge Mountain, NH
Trails: Old Osseo Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the condos, couldn't find the "visitor" spots so with barely any residents in the condos at the moment, took a spot I thought would be out of the way, had no issues for a few hours.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Clear Brook is open, crossable on rocks. Few minor crossings were jumped. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: old trail is in very good shape.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One resident walking her dog, all super friendly.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost my peppermint Burts Bees lip balm! Tore my pants on the bushwhack (spruce), must have fallen out then.  
Comments: Posting this write up just to let others know the old Osseo Trail is snowshoe broken out to the col around ~2,800' before the old trail swings up toward the summit of Whaleback.
~16" of fresh powder atop an old ice layer once the climbing began, sometimes more, sometimes less powder.

Open conifer woods atop Whaleback South Peak; ghastly bushwhacking from ~2,500-summit of Big Coolidge - beautiful open hardwoods down low though ;)

Anyone interested in either bushwhack, head over to a quick write up with a few photos at the link below. Enjoy!
Happy climbing!  
Name: Erik Hamilton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-03-17 
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