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Mt. Osceola
Livermore, NH, Lincoln, NH

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

Route: Mt. Osceola Trail

While the forecast wasn't great, it looked like I had a narrow window of dry weather.

The lower portion of the Mt. Osceola Trail featured some nice foliage, which almost made up for the terrible footing. Nearing the summit, I had to deal with some pooled water on the trail, thanks to the rain earlier in the day.

The views from the near-summit ledges were decent, despite the weather - while some lower peaks nearby were in the clouds, the Tripyramids stayed in the clear.

The window of dry weather closed as I descended the ledgy portion of the trail. As a result, it was pretty slow going beyond there, with rain coming down and the headlamp on.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Osceola
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, October 5, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:36 PM
Parking Elevation: 2,340'
Destination: Mt. Osceola
Ascent Commenced: 4:36 PM
Summit Reached: 5:54 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:18
Trailhead Elevation: 2,340'
Summit Elevation: 4,340'
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,080'
Hike Ended: 7:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:56
Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,160'

Mt. Osceola Trail trailhead at the Tripoli Road parking lot
Mt. Osceola Trail trailhead at the Tripoli Road parking lot

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

Topographic map of Mt. Osceola - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: From Waterville Valley, take Tripoli Road (bear right at the entrance to the ski area) to the top of the gap. Just after the road turns from pavement from dirt, the Mt. Osceola WMNF fee parking lot appears on the right. The trailhead is located at the back of the parking lot.

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