Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Rosebrook, Mt. Oscar , NH
Trails: Ski trails, access road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 6, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the ski area. I considered trying to park up on or off of Crawford Ridge Rd as it would cut out about 250ft of gain and potentially more than a 1/2mi RT but decided to be a good boy. That said, you’d probably easily get away with it this time of year…no one seemed to be home at those houses… 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There was actually one major pine blowdown on one of the ski trails descending N/NE from the Oscar-Rosebrook col.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not sure how the ski area would feel about it so I’d be careful.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Day 187, Peaks 181 & 182. 3rd hike and 3rd and 4th peaks of the day after Table Mtn and Hurricane Mtn. A bit cooler and windier at Bretton Woods, especially as sunset approached bud still a very nice evening to be out hiking :)

From the parking area, I followed one of the gondolas up for a short ways until the access road came within sight and didn’t seem to be meandering too much so followed that instead. The access road wasn’t too meandering but not all that steep either so was a very efficient way up. I stayed on it most of the way up until it seemed to be taking me more to the col than to Rosebrook so then took a left and headed very steeply up a ski trail to the winding N/NW ridge of Rosebrook at 2650ft. I followed what I believe was another access road from here up to their summit building which I had to walk behind to the top of the ski area. The high point is in the trees just a few dozen feet behind it. Can’t even really call it a bushwhack. There’s a yellow blaze and a “bearing tree” but not jar.

From the summit, I returned the same way along the ridge but this time staying in front of the summit building. I descended toward the col but seemed to miss the easiest/gentlest approach up Rosebrook from the E/SE ridge and instead walked very steeply up a ski trail from the E/NE. It was short lived though. From the top of the ski area, the summit, partially open and ledgy, just the way we like ‘em, was just behind, obviously slightly higher. Lots of signs marking the edge of the ski area property here. I walked around the ledges to what I thought was the highpoint. Not recognized and no register. BEAUTIFUL views to the west though, especially as the sun was just beginning to set. I think this may have been the first time I got a good view of the talus field east of Mt Hale. Took some time photo-taking and peak identifying up here before heading down :)

I found the footpath/trail that takes you between Oscar and Rosebrook here. Looked well marked and nice. Should’ve followed it rather than take the ski trails, haha. Oh well. I took the same ski trail (Joseph’s Run?) back down toward the col, then descended steeply N/NE to 1900-1950ft before turning E/NE and slabbing back toward the ski area, passing the condos along Crawford Ridge Rd along the way. Nice views and fantasies about leaving in one of those condos kept me amused the whole way down! ;)

Hike was between 4.25-4.5mi with just under 1600ft of gain. Took me 2hr20min with a good break on top of Oscar :) 178 more days and 183 more peaks to go…  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-08 
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