|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH|
||Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 29, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Summer lot is open |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues today, that will change |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A handful of blowdowns on Greeley, there is a large coniferous about 3/4 the way from 112 to the junction that will require an axe. Several more blowdowns on Mt. Osceola trail including a cluster of 4 at the summit of East. Most of them are from the Chimney to East peak |
||Several out today |
||two guys in baby pack and shorts at 1400 ascending. |
|Lost and Found:
||(Please note this satirical, the trail conditions are correct though)|
"Highly agitated" hiker assisted off Mt. Osceola Trail
LINCOLN: At approximately 3:30 PM on April 29th, 2023 New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers were notified of a highly agitated hiker on the Mt. Osceola Trail. Initial reports revealed this hiker had been descending down the steep section towards Greeley Pond Trail and had a medical event that caused them to become largely irate and inconsolable.
Fish and Game officers where able to meet with the hikers party around 5:00pm. A hiker, known as 'Lil Squirt,' had mentioned the trail conditions where not too bad. That it was bare up to about 2600 feet, and then more snow entered. "The monorail was supportive but firm she said, like my Nana." She expanded further that even along the ridge, the trail conditions where very amicable for it being April."
While the hikers party was being interviewed, Officers attempted to calm the delirious man. All that was ascertainable, though not exactly coherent, was that "CHIMNEY! YAY! OPEN!" "STEEPS DESCENDING, SKIING. WEE. BOO. OWW. FALL DOWN GO BOOM LOTS"
Another hiker in the party, known only as CaptChris tried to explain that descending the steeps where far more challenging than ascending, as usual, even with aggressive traction. The trail conditions at present where unique as on top of wetter snow, there was a layer of ice shards from the storms the week before, which made it like you here descending on a layer of marbles on top of the snow.
Upon assisting the hiker and their party of of the woods to their vehicle, the hiker began to calm down and become more coherent. They had offered that steeps just got them and they love snow but like a overstaying house guest - ITS TIME TO GO. However, when it was learned that this hiker voluntarily hiked up the Osceolas from 112 in April, "for charity - I just was looking for something to do" they said. Responding personnel agreed no one in a stable state of mind would say such a thing and the hiker was transported to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation for their own protection. There is no word upon any relation to a similar event last year involving a hiker at the Zealand Hut
||The Teal Goat, CaptChris, Lil Squirt |
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.