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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
Looking up the Mt. Osceola Trail

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

With another subpar forecast, I decided to take advantage of the recent snow and head up the normally icy East Osceola ascent.

The Greeley Ponds Trail was smooth sailing on snowshoes. The steep climb up East Osceola was a little slippery due to the fresh powder on top of hardpack and ice, but nonetheless doable. Between the peaks, the chimney bypass was tricky with loose powder on top of patchy ice - I was glad I had brought my ice axe to help pull myself up. On either end of the bypass, there were extended drifted in areas.

Like East Osceola, I had essentially no views from Osceola due to the weather. For the return trip, I ended up bushwhacking about 5-10 feet north of the chimney bypass and found a non-ledgy way to descend around it.

The descent off East Osceola was slippery with underlying ice, but fortunately there was enough padding with the powder.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, February 27, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,940'
Destination: Mt. Osceola (East Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:41
Trailhead Elevation: 1,940'
Summit Elevation: 4,156'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,331'
Destination: Mt. Osceola
Time Elapsed: 00:54
Trailhead Elevation: 4,156'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 560'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:37
Hike Distance: 7.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,392'


The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead
The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead

A woodpecker near the Mt. Osceola Trail
A woodpecker near the Mt. Osceola Trail

Clouds from East Osceola - Click to enlarge
Clouds from East Osceola

The chimney bypass between the peaks
The chimney bypass between the peaks

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

Clouds from Mt. Osceola - Click to enlarge
Clouds from Mt. Osceola

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.

Back to Mt. Osceola (East Peak) Profile
Back to Mt. Osceola Profile




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