This part of the Osceola National Forest offers miles of old forest service roads that are open to all vehicle types, but is primarily explored in Jeeps and ATVs due to the flat terrain and often waterlogged conditions. Jan 09 | East Osceola and Osceola, NH via Greeley Ponds trail and Osceola Trail by: TJ / newenglandtrailconditions Osceola and the mountains of Franconia Ridge. So… much… cloud…. Mount Osceola: 4,340 feet. I was on the trail and heading up to Mount Osceola just before 7:00 AM. East Osceola summit: 1315. One car in all the way (she got stuck last night and spent the night in her car). A 3 mile hike, on easy grades along logging roads. There were small groups coming down as I ascended, and here and there, I had the opportunity to share thoughts about the day and the trail with so many very nice people. Hiking Trail Conditions Report: Peaks: Mt. I saw the sun rise through the trees and that would be the only time I saw the sun today. ... SITE REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED TO POST TRAIL CONDITIONS. Looking back on the spoils of the day, I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions as I hiked back to the car. Approx 8.4 miles, round trip. Via Wildcat Valley X-C Ski Trail, Wildcat Ridge […]. I parked maybe a couple hundred feet from the trailhead. But it was quite warm, so I was feeling good, bare-booting it with no problems. It is very rocky at the bottom, and care is needed to place your feet. Be careful to check current trail conditions on New England Trail Conditions, Trails NH, or Views from the Top before assaulting this hike, because icy footing due to weather or butt sliders can be hazardous. Attitude adjusted in no small measure, I checked the Mt Washington Observatory forecast, and then perused New England Trail Conditions to double check things were lining up as expected. White was blanketing the landscape, and honestly, it was nice to look at. View Profile View Forum Posts 01-16-2021, 12:00 PM Threads / Posts Last Post. Hope to cross paths with you someday. Osceola Trail: Winter Access Notes: Tripoli Road is closed in winter, so most ascents start from the Route 112. Visibility was nil, so too was the wind. For now, turn left to stay on Greeley Ponds Trail while Mount Osceola Trail climbs to the right; the return trip will be via Mount Osceola Trail. The trailhead is marked by a large sign, which should be very hard to miss. Rather, you hike the mountain you get. TrailsNH.com. 2020-10-14 (Wednesday). Though Mt. As I’ve found out time and again, sometimes the best view is at your feet — and that’s not at all suggesting “best” means “take what you can get.” I don’t know anyone who’d tell you that spotting a pink lady slipper in the forest isn’t worth the time. Mount Osceola Trail to Greeley Ponds Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Trail Conditions: Tripoli Rd. Address. Donate To Support TrailsNH. When temperatures drop the trail will be quite icy without a doubt. Round trip, the hike was 7.6 miles, and took a total of 6 hours including a long break at the Osceola Summit. Osceola Trail parking lot is 6.6 miles on the left. Greeley Pond trail. Although this is a relatively easy to moderate hike, there is a steep section that will likely still be icy (the Chimney). Approx 6 hours. I have no idea what’s up with that. I’d forgotten how easy the grades were on this side of the mountain, and certainly that opening few dozen yards of ultra flat and smooth trail set the mood really well. We report ski / snow conditions daily on this website (under the picture on the home page). Campton, NH. description This trail leaves Tripoli Road 5.8 miles from its W end at the East Side Road. I will not use or share your email for any other purpose without your express permission. Trail Conditions: I was a little worried about the difficulty of the crossings on this night, but they were actually already pretty low after rain this week. Trail Maintenance Notes: Dog-Related Notes: Bugs: Lost and Found: Mt Carrigain is a classic hike, for all the right reasons. Osceola trail will split off to the right. To get to Osceola, take the Greeley Ponds trail south from 112; after 1.3 flat, easy miles, the Mt. My pace slowed, but not terribly. Though the East Peak has more rugged and challenging terrain, Osceola is an awesome option for a mellow climb. Route: Livermore Trail, Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Mansfield in Vermont in site. Great views of the Franconias. Osceola trail steep enough to be pretty scary - you'll climb around 2,000 vertical feet in 1.3 miles to the summit of East Osceola. We came in from Waterville Valley side. In that direction, it is about a mile to East Osceola, which is another 4000 footer but has no view. "East Osceola", (4,156'), the eastern peak of Mt Osceola, is less famous and less often visited than the main summit of Osceola.The East peak would be almost totally unknown (like the West peak) were it not the thirty-fourth highest peak on the AMC's list of 48 New Hampshire peaks. If you're hiking this route in the winter, starting just beyond the junction with Mount Osceola Trail you will notice cross-country ski trails joining and leaving the hiking trail at several points. Meeting someone else whose postings *I* read… wow, that’s a rare moment. TrailsNH has just about every hiking trip report, trail advisory, and forest road closing in the Northeast. I don’t know about everyone else, but the lack of normal human contact lately with COVID and all, has made even these short interactions all the more special. In that direction, it is about a mile to East Osceola, which is another 4000 footer but has no view. I got my feet a little damp making my way out to the Hancocks, especially on the last couple crossings. I think it was just below the summit that I saw a rarity: a small bug crawling in the snow. Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,070 Feet Time: 3-4 hours But there it was, crawling along. Osceola Trail 3.2 miles to the summit of Mt. But is the Desolation Trail… desolate? The approach from the southwest is the easiest way to get to Osceola. Nuts and Bolts: You can access Tripoli road two ways: either from Exit 28, and drive through Waterville Valley, past the Livermore trailhead; or take Exit 31, and you’ve basically landed on the road itself. This route is only 2.8 miles to East Osceola, but there’s a catch: it’s incredibly steep. 2020-11-28 (Saturday.). We swapped stories for a bit, until we started to chill, and then went our separate ways. "With 147 inches of snowfall, cold conditions having prevailed most of the winter, and trail groomers obviously passionate about their craft, the skiing has been awesome." At the chimney, I took the easy line down, and then I was crossing the col and heading back up in fairly short time. Mt. Osceola (4,315’) is one of the easiest 4,000-footers to conquer. The man, the myth, the legend himself, sharing the mountain with me. Mount Osceola Trail to Greeley Ponds Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Check the road conditions too! Eventually, the trail reaches a shoulder on East Osceola, to the right of which is an outlook with views of Mt. Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, No issues lots of minor flowage on and crossing the trail, Trail in fantastic shape 1 large blowdown and a couple of leaners. The "Chimney" on the Mount Osceola Trail between the 2 Osceola Mountains. Mt. NE 50 Most Prominent. Photo taken on June 30, 2010. Never underestimate the healing power of the trail. To do only Osceola from the southwest is about 6.4 miles roundtrip. Tecumseh Trail from Tripoli Rd. Parking is ample for almost a dozen or so cars. Temps in the mid/high 30s to the low 40s. Mount Tecumseh. Osceola... by . The trail is markedly rougher between the summits of the two peaks. Belknap Range. Osceola as viewed from the shoulder of East Osceola. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mount Osceola are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Monday, Jan. 18 Krobi. Snocountry lets me tell you new snow and noon forecast. Taken on 6-30-10. Dogs are … It was nice to see the road still open this late in season. This is an up-and-back hike to Mount Osceola, a 4000-footer with excellent easterly views. Via Mt Osceola Trail. Photo taken by Andrew Kladder in November, 2014. After hiking up Mount Osceola Trail for 2.1 miles, look for a ledge on the left that offers views of Sandwich Mountain. I heard all about your celebrity sighting from the teal goat himself over dinner. Via Mt Osceola Trail. Hancock Region in Harts Location, New Hampshire Osceola and East Osceola are two of the easier 4,000 footers at 4,156 and 4,315 feet, respectively. RWIS Camera – Woodford VT-9 Road to Prospect. Mt. An additional mile along this trail leads to the subordinate peak, East Osceola (4,156′). Trail in good condition, with mostly packed monorail with some minor amount of new snow. Parts of the Greeley Pond trail and the Mount Osceola Trail. But at least I had some killer coffee. Your email will only be used to alert you of new posts — typically 1-2 times per week, though occasionally one or two more. Not unexpected, but this was becoming a day entirely devoid of a long distance view. Summit benchmark on July 20, 2014. Osceola never reaches timberline, the two views from the summit are spectacular. The summit of Mt. 52 With-A-View. Trail sign on July 20, 2014. description This trail leaves Tripoli Road 5.8 miles from its W end at the East Side Road. Summits: Mount Osceola (4,340'), East Osceola (4,156') Trail route: Mount Osceola Trail from Tripoli Road Trail conditions: Dry to wet to icy up Mt Osceola then dry over to East Osceola If you’re not that excited about the suspension on your car, coming in from the north offers miles of bouncing around on a dirt road: if you’ve wondered what keeps the gates locked in wintertime, this is the reason. Learn how your comment data is processed. Parts of the Greeley Pond trail and the Mount Osceola Trail. OK, wait a bit. There is currently no designated staging area but the most popular place to access the trail system is off of Mount Carrie Road. The easiest way (in summer) to reach the top of East Osceola is to first hike up Osceola from the southwest, then follow the trail eastward along the ridge (seen in photo below). Hiking Trail Conditions Report: Peaks: East Osceola and Mount Osceola, NH: Trails: Greeley Pond Trail and Mount Osceola Trail - out and back: Date of Hike: Monday, January 18, 2021: Parking/Access Road Notes: Off Route 112 - not plowed. From Exit 31, the trailhead is almost 6.5 miles down the road, on the left. Osceola and can be typical be done in four hours. After hiking up Mount Osceola Trail for 2.1 miles, look for a ledge on the left that offers views of Sandwich Mountain. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Approx 8.4 miles, round trip. Via Mt Osceola Trail. West Peak Trail Map. Photo taken 6-30-2010. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. - Groomed XC ski trail till Osceola trailhead, dense snowpack with a light dusting Tripoli Rd, Osceola trailhead to Tecumseh trailhead - large but passable downed tree branch in road, slick ice underneath an inch of loose snow, microspikes recommended Mt. I got home from work this morning, started to change into hiking clothes, made some coffee, finished getting ready, and then enjoyed that coffee on a shorter time scale than I’d have preferred. But, real time weather forecasts, snow reports, and trail conditions take a lot of work to assemble. Dense fog on Mt. . The Mount Osceola Trail at the White Mountain National Forest near Lincoln, New Hampshire is a moderate-to-difficult 6-mile out-and-back trail up to a beautiful vista point atop Mount Osceola's summit. This is an easy trip, but not quite as easy as the numbers suggest, as there is a long steady fairly steep climb. Trailhead: 1000. The Mt. Osceola summit: 1230. Hancock Region in Harts Location, New Hampshire If you are just starting on your 48 4,000-footer journey or simply want an easy hike to a taller mountain, I recommend Mt. Drat. Cloudy, with snow flurries. If Tripoli road stays open next week, there’s a huge chance I’ll do Osceola again for my December grid. Length 6.1 miElevation gain 2,070 ftRoute type Out & back The first Mt. This out-and-back trail using the Mount Osceola Trail takes you over Mount Osceola and East Osceola, two 4000+ foot mountains in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The trail may be short overall, and Greeley Pond trail is at a very friendly grade. Mount Osceola Trail Conditions and Trip Reports are crowdsourced from many hiking websites across the Internet. Date of Hike: Wednesday, December 23, 2020. And now, there was this guy, dressed largely in teal, standing in front of me. Your email address will not be published. The "Chimney" on the Mount Osceola Trail between the 2 Osceola Mountains. Due to the inconvenience of restrictions, new people grooming and just not knowing what to heck is going to happen during the season, we will have reduced trail fees and memberships this year. Excellent hike of Mt Osceloa with extremely mild temperatures for December 1st. Osceola Trail: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 14, 2020: Parking/Access Road Notes: When I arrived around 11:30am the main lot was full and there were many cars that had already overflowed out onto the road. The view of Mt. Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Junior trail fees (6-15 years) will be $8. These guys are smaller than a dime, so no kidding, it pays to keep your eyes open, especially when you think there’s no view out there. Osceola has an elevation of 4315' and East Osceola has an elevation of 4156'. ... Mt. Quite a few times, I’ve handed someone my card, only to find out that person has been reading this blog already. NH 200 Highest. Osceola, East Osceola, NH: Trails: Mt. Is there something more? Taken on 6-30-10. Osceola. Osceola from the lower shoulder on East Osceola. Hiking Trail Conditions Report: Peaks: Mt. There is a bypass trail if it's too icy and will definitely be taking the bypass trail … Directions to Mt. Mt. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. This road is gravel and is closed in the winter. It’s not the fastest going, but it’s not tough. The Mount Osceola Trail almost continuously ascends from the trailhead through the Breadtray Ridge. By now, the flakes had become more insistent, though just short of full-on flurries. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Mt. NH 4,000 Footers. Required fields are marked *. Mt. It’s worth noting that the Tripoli Road is closed in the winter. In that direction, it is about a mile to East Osceola, which is another 4000 footer but has no view. Osceola Hike. Before leaving the house, I did review my earlier report, and especially that part where it said the trail got rocky. I met no others on today's hike and was very grateful the road was still open. Cloudy, with snow flurries. The perfect summer hike! Most hikers attempt it from the ski area (rt: 5.0 miles, 2,200 feet, 3:35). Mansfield towards the west. Osceola: Elevation: 4,340' Popular Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail Mt. NH 100 Highest. We hiked from the Kancamagus Highway via the Greeley Pond Trail, which is considered the more difficult route to the Mt. Protean Wanderer But once on Mt Osceola trail, the way going steepens very quickly, and in more than a few spots, gets quite treacherous — a fall in icy conditions will require at a minimum an … Crowd sourced trail reports indicating current trail status & conditions for Mt. 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