Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail, Tripoli Road, East Pond Trail, Route 112
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small lot off the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) had three vehicles when I arrived at 8:00AM. On return, I noted some vehicles parked at side of highway. As usual, the small parking lot for the Mt Osceola Trail on Tripoli Road was completely full with many vehicles parked on the south side of Tripoli Road. Five vehicles at the East Pond trailhead off Tripoli Road and two vehicles at the Kancamagus lot for this trail. Empty spots at both lots. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing of South Fork of Hancock Branch on the Greeley Ponds trail is easy rock hop. Pine Brook crossing on East Pond Trail is somewhat tricky. I opted for an upstream crossing as the best set of rocks. Another hiker crossed at the path. Both of us remained dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some tree falls on all of the trails none presented any difficulty with passage. Some bog bridges on the Greeley Ponds trail are wearing out. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trails should be fine for dogs 
Bugs: A few but not bothersome 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The east approach to Mt Osceola is steep as compared to the Tripoli Road approach. There were some mud and standing water in the usual places such as the ridge between the peaks and just west of the open ledges on Mt Osceola. The ledges on the Mt Osceola Trail on the Tripoli Road side were wet but not icy. I had no problem with secure footing on these ledges. The chimney had sufficient dry surfaces to safely ascend the rocks.
Good views from the rock downhill from East Osceola and from the rock at the end of the very short spur north of the Mt Osceola Trail just west of the large ledge area. Nice lunch spot at East Pond. Saw two fishermen who were unsuccessful at East Pond (at least they had a pleasant view). East Pond has very few blazes but the pathway is obvious. The grades are easy with generally good footing on this trail. As i recall, the only significant leaf cover was at lower elevations of East Pond Trail.
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-15 
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