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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Greeley Ponds Trail
The Greeley Ponds Trail

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

After downpours throughout the day, the radar was starting to clear. Reaching the Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead, I was happy to see that the rain had let up for the most part. While the trails were wet, slippery, and muddy, the foliage down low was nice.

The Mt. Osceola Trail steeps were pretty rough - wet, slippery rock with water running down parts. To add to the joy, my lower back all of a sudden started to act up. Reaching the summit, I had no views.

Descending back down the ridge, I had halfway decent views from the northern viewpoint, adjacent to where the trail drops steeply down the eastern shoulder. I was fortunate enough to make it down the steeps prior to needing a headlamp - it's never much fun to go down difficult terrain in the dark. Back on the Greeley Ponds Trail, it was a long, dull headlamp walk out.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:12 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,940'
Destination: Mt. Osceola (East Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 4:12 PM
Summit Reached: 5:36 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 1,940'
Summit Elevation: 4,156'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,331'
Hike Ended: 7:14 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:02
Hike Distance: 5.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,446'

The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead
The Greeley Ponds Trail trailhead

Looking northwest from the northern viewpoint on the East Osceola ridge - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest from the northern viewpoint on the East Osceola ridge

Topographic map of Mt. Osceola (East Peak) - 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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