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Mt. Osceola (East Peak), Mt. Osceola
Lincoln, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Osceola Trail while crossing the slide
Looking up the Mt. Osceola Trail while crossing the slide

Route: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail, (Mt. Osceola - East Peak), Mt. Osceola Trail, (Mt. Osceola), Mt. Osceola Trail, (Mt. Osceola - East Peak), Mt. Osceola Trail, Greeley Ponds Trail

Since it was a nice, warm spring day, I was eager to get outside and enjoy the weather. With a mediocre forecast for the following day, I decided a late finish followed by a late start wouldn't be a bad idea.

Arriving at the Greeley Ponds Trail parking area, I quickly set foot in Microspikes up the snow monorail. Though the largest water crossing was a bit tricky, the brooks were nonetheless rock hoppable.

Once I reached the steeps of the Mt. Osceola Trail, I was forced to switch over to crampons, as there was a fairly adequate amount of blue ice. The views from the limited vista on the East Peak were nice - the clouds were particularly interesting.

With a decent amount of blue ice, I remained in crampons as I headed over to the main peak. Once at the highpoint, I decided to kill some time while I waited for some clouds to move out from in front of the sun. After waiting awhile while taking the decent, though dark views, I decided to head back. Back at East Osceola, the sun broke through again, lighting up the eastern views.

The rest of the descent was decent, with some faint but interesting colors to the east from the sunset. Not a bad afternoon/evening for the Osceolas!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Osceola (East Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Osceola
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, April 17, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,940'
Destination: Mt. Osceola (East Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 4:00 PM
Summit Reached: 5:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:37
Trailhead Elevation: 1,940'
Summit Elevation: 4,156'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,331'
Destination: Mt. Osceola
Ascent Commenced: 5:37 PM
Summit Reached: 6:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 4,156'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 560'
Hike Ended: 8:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:38
Hike Distance: 7.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,392'


The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead
The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Tripyramid from near the summit of East Osceola - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tripyramid from near the summit of East Osceola

The Mt. Osceola Trail between the east and main peak
The Mt. Osceola Trail between the east and main peak

Looking at the Tripyramids from the Mt. Osceola ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Tripyramids from the Mt. Osceola ledges

Topographic map of Mt. Osceola (East Peak), Mt. Osceola - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 west from Conway. After passing the Hancock Trail trailhead and parking lot, the Greeley Ponds trailhead and WMNF fee parking area will be on the left a few minutes later.

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Back to Mt. Osceola Profile




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