|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, Middle Osceola, NH
|Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail, bushwhack
|Date of Hike:
|Sunday, February 11, 2024
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Greeley Ponds Trailhead not plowed, I parked at the ski trail where there was room for about 6 cars
|Ice - Blue, Snow - Wet/Sticky
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Biggest crossing on Greeley Ponds Trail near the Kanc is still solidly bridged but won't be for long with the warm temps
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Might be a little steep for some dogs
|Lost and Found:
|I snowshoed up the steeps going up to East Osceola and wore crampons going down. I highly recommend powerful traction since there is a lot of blue ice exposed and if you slip it's going to be a very fast slide down.
Took the bypass of the bypass of the chimney, bypass also looked good with packed snow and minimal ice. Chimney is full of crunchy blue ice.
Overall trail conditions were good with minimal postholing but be careful in the afternoons, snowshoes are very helpful in the soft snow. Please snowshoe or ski only on the ski trail, it's already very beat up.
Bushwhack to Middle: Pretty quickly hit a small cliff band that reached from SW to NE just before the col and I kept to the SW to get around it. The SW part of the ridge (below the height of land, sidehilling the flat ridge) turned out to have the most open woods and also some great views. The snow was mostly supportive aside from a few deep spruce traps. Could not open the canister due to ice or weak grip. Did not find a coherent herdpath aside from close to the trail and close to the summit of Middle.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.