Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: plowed and open 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all but one have stable snow-bridge, and the other is near the trail head on Greeley Pond and not deep, just exposed rocks 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: there are a couple of blow-downs on the Greeley Trail as well as the Osceola trail, but only one significant one with a trail re-route (below East Osceola peak). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: It was a close-to-perfect day, and the trail would have been perfect too if others would only wear snowshoes. I followed a party of six who came out bare-booted and claimed it was all fine, and it probably seems that way to them, but when they slip off the side of the trail and post-hole it the whole trail loses integrity and starts getting ugly. The steep sections of the climb on the Osceola trail aren't icy yet but require traction, my snowshoe cleats barely cut it, and the butt-slide down is getting harrowing. Greeley Ponds trail beyond the Osceola turn-off is softer and will be much better in snowshoes or skis (again, this will also preserve the trail for others!). If you're peak-bagging you should do the Osceolas now - I ran the whole thing in under 2h because the trail was so well-tracked. The look-out up top must be one of the best in the range, it was spectacular.  
Name: Brandon Newbould 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-11 
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