Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Rosebrook, Mt. Oscar, NH
Trails: Ski trails, West Mountain hiking-snowshoeing trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked in the dirt overflow lot as to not get in the way of the main ski resort lot, only a handful of cars were there anyway.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All under snow, none on the West Mtn trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails were all good 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: Since the ski resort is closed I figured I'd take a late-season romp on the remaining snow. Checked the summit cam last night to confirm conditions. Given a few days/nights of colder temps, groomed ski runs were solid, used snowshoes up Rosebrook and over nearly to the summit of Oscar until I was off any snow, there are ski trails without snow but hardpack is so much easier to climb than crumbly rock and dirt (for me).

Found the high point of Mt Rosebrook and roamed around on a solid snowpack for a bit before trekking NE to Mt Oscar. Near the col I spotted the entrance to the hiking trail and was happy to depart ski trails. This hiking/snowshoeing path cuts through a most lovely spruce/fir/birch forest and even saw my first bear tracks of the season - figures its atop a ski resort. The views from Mt Oscar were some of the finest, one of the best panoramas I've found in a while.

Didn't see another person all morning and spent some time atop Oscar in the sun as the cloud layer lifted from the Presidentials. Followed my ascending tracks back down to my car.

For a brief write-up and color photography of the mountains, the link is attached below. Enjoy!
Happy Climbing!
Name: Erik Hamilton 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 
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