Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Modest lot was nearly full when I got there approaching 9. One car was parked at the ski trail entrance. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdows between the peaks. I turned one duckunder/walkaround into a step over after hearing Mike hit his head on it, but I misheard. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy day for Pepper. He had no problems with the ice sections being well used to them by now, and everything else was easy on the paws. Water down low. 
Bugs: None! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mostly clear trail through the hardwoods after some ice early on. Barebooted to the steep icy sections and then put on the Hillsounds. Took them off for the chimney bypass, but put them back on until the main peak. Used them for the descent until past the icy steeps, and on hitting some bare spots tried barebooting but it was slow going. Put microspikes back on until the trail was mostly clear. On the steep sections I saw mostly microspikes and one using crampons. The chimney bypass is ice free.

I was amazed to see a family of four that had reached the steepest icy sections in sneakers and the like. They asked how to the top and I told them I wouldn’t go any farther without spikes, the ascent would be hard and the descent worse. Since I was the second to mention this to them they turned around. Phew.

It was a pretty nice partly cloudy day, the strongest winds were on the east peak and they weren’t bad. We had a leisurely lunch on the main peak with Mike (NH Stamper). We had some nice stop and chats with Lucky Laura and John; they make a hike extra fun. There were quite a few people on the trail including one meet up group.

What a nice day with the little mutt.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-04-07 
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