|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH|
||Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 18, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot at Greeley Ponds Trailhead is plowed with room for 7 or so cars. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns, nothing noteworthy. |
||Met Pico and her human on the ridge. She was doing just fine -- probably hiked the mountain 3 times with all her back and forth. |
|Lost and Found:
||Unbeatable day in the whites: sun, mild but below freezing, and plenty of snow. |
Snowshoes and shoeshoe crampon were okay for us all the way today. Trail was broken out up to East Osceola. Ascent was steeper than I remember from the summer. There were a lot of tree assists on the way up today. The two of us broke trail over to Osceola. We bypassed the chimney, but had to work hard climbing in steep unconsolidated snow. Coming down, glissading the steeps was possible in most places (weeeeeee!). It was one of those days where down is almost twice as fast as up.
I was confused about some of the equipment choices of others on the mountain today. We were pretty much the only ones who brought snowshoes. We met folks with spikes who were coming down after only summiting East Osceola b/c the ridge was unbroken. Why anyone would assume the full trail is broken a few days after a major storm is beyond me. Three spike-only folks made use of our trail breaking to hit Oseola after us, so clearly spikes are viable all the way for now.
||Jon and Tom |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.