sunny day, great views
I climbed East Osceola and Osceola today by the back way. It was a very difficult hike right after a large amount of rain and only after getting home and checking this site do I realize that the other approach is much easier. Oh well, at least it was great exercise.
Climbed Mt. Osceola only from the Tripoli Rd. trailhead.
Climbed with East Osceola via the Mount Osceola Trail from Tripoli Road. An excellent dayhike in near perfect weather. Great views of the Sandwhich Range from the open ledges below Osceola's summit.
From the south (Osceola Tr from Tripoli Rd):
Popular, easy wooded hike to a very fine VFTT.
Trail is badly eroded, should have expected that given the high use.
We made a quick trip out of a nice late summer hike. Always love the view down into the Greeley Ponds area.
I took the Osceola trail and hit Osceola first, and then made my way to East Osceola. There are some great views of the Twin and Franconia Ranges from the trail between the two. I went up the chimney on the way back. It was fun!
We did this same climb in June about 7-8 years ago. We decided to give it a go in the dead of winter. Needless to say we had the place to ourselves. The snow was deep and unbroken. Fortunate for us this trail is on the leeward side of the mountain in regards to the prevailing winds. Awesome views from both summits.
East Osceola trail from Greeley Pond is not the "extremely steep" climb the _Guide_ portrayed, but a tiring task nonetheless, and tough enough in the snow that I'd rather avoid descending it in the dark, so I turned around at the East peak when I saw I was behind schedule. I need to whip myself back into shape (or maybe I shouldn't carry all my heavy winter gear in November...)
Lovely wintry conditions, passing flurries with frequent sun.
Climbed up from the Kancamangus via the Greely Ponds Trail. First mile and a half went very quickly, around 25 minutes. After that steepens quickly, but never very difficult, just physically demanding. Gorgeous day. First nice hiking weather I have had this year. Views to the East and North were incredible. Tried locating as many 4000 footers as I could, I believe I got around 20. Pretty quick trip, started at 4:30 pm around 3 hours of hiking time total.
Came in from the Kanc, good steep hike.
The first mountain I ever "climbed"
Well, I signed the log not that long ago, but we hiked it again! The weather was perfect. There was some mud, but it really wasn't that bad. The only spots that had it seem to have it no matter when you go.
We rounded out our time at the peak of Osceola with my boyfriend becoming my fiance. So, for anyone that was up there with us, we were the ones that got engaged. Now the peak is even more special for us. We'll be hiking it every year from now on.
Perfect day for some peak baggin'
From the Kanc-both summits were gained. however the highlight of the hike was the moose wading in Greeley Pond. The view from the lower summit to the upper one was cool. the best views are from Osceola not from the east summit.
My friend and i ran up this trail from the greely pond entrance while oour familys were behind and goin to just the greely ponds. I also hike this trail about ten years ago.
We did a traverse from the Kanc to Tripoli and then up Tecumseh, which was definately the way to go. We loved the trail up from the Kanc even with all of the ice, which we weren't expecting. Loved the chimney a lot. The view from the top was GORGEOUS (see panoramic shot that I posted). The trail down from the peak was easy and we shaved 40 minutes off of book time. We will probably do it again once we're done with our NE4000 and when the snow/ice is gone.
Hiked in with the boy scouts on a hot sweaty day. My biggest memory of the trip was sucking down a juice box of orange stuff at the top and getting a nasty head and stomach ache as a result.
We had it in our minds to try to forge a line up the east face slide on east osceola. The slide climbs a plumb line from greeley pond to within 200 yards of the east peak summit. Well, snow and inadequete climbing equipment slowed us way way down. This is one of the most exhausting day trips I've been on. There was two water ice sections and we only had mountaineering axes and 10 point crampons making for some difficuly. The top out to the summit was only 200 yards of bushwhacking from the top of the slide, but the snow was bottomless. We had to hook our way up trees using the axes to make forward progress. We really fought for this summit. It took only about 45 minutes to get down back to the ponds since the trail is typically packed and easy to follow. In neve snow conditions, I would highly recommend this line for people looking for more difficulty then the standard hike up from greeley ponds.