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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking area is accessible right now. I don't believe it gets plowed in winter. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The one crossing was bridged.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trail conditions right now are really good. Most of the trail is hard packed. No need for snowshoes. I wore mircospikes for the whole hike, but could have easily bare-booted Greeley Pond Trail to the junction with the Mount Osceola Trail.

Crampons would have been the ideal traction on the steep section of the Mount Osceola Trail going up the East Peak.

The Chimney looked doable with crampons, but my spider sense told be me to stick with the bypass on the way up, and I took the bypass to the bypass on the way down.

Butt sliders have cultivated luge-run like trail conditions on the steeper sections of the trail.

It looked to me like many people are making it to the lookout point near the summit of Osceola, but were not walking the short extra distance to the true summit. Wah-wah.

At some point we're sure to get some deep snow, and all the people who have been enjoying bare-booting and microspikes will have a heck of a rude awakening if they don't get some snowshoes. We're definitely a bit spoiled at present.  
Name
Name: DEL 
E-Mail
E-Mail: dlefevre@tarbellpa.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-12 
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