Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There was room for about 4 cars by the Greeley Ponds ski trailhead. From here there was a short walk on the road to the hiking trailhead.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossings were rock hoppable, but many of the rocks are submerged. Waterproof boots and gaiters are helpful.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a large tree blowdown across one of the early water crossings on Greeley Ponds trail. Need to walk off trail to cross.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trail conditions were very challenging. Starting at 8:30, the snow was firm so we put on Hillsounds. We had our snowshoes and assumed we would need them later in the day. Snow stayed firm enough with minimal postholing, so we never used our snowshoes. On the return, the Greeley Pond trail was very soft, but it was a short distance and lots of water and mud, so Hillsounds stayed on. Heading up the steep section of East, there were many solid post holes which acted as steps. I was happy for these post holes to prevent sliding. On the return, the snow was very slippery and slushy. We had to take it very slow and grabbing the trees was helpful. Be prepared to slide no matter what traction you have. It is not easy to stay upright on this trail and intentional buttsliding is dangerous with many exposed rocks.

Heading across the ridge, the snow was firm enough for Hillsounds/spikes. We used the chimney by-pass because it was free of snow and ice. The chimney still had some patches of snow, but did not look too difficult. Happy to check these 2 off for spring.  
Name: Sue S. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-18 
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