Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed side-of-the-road space for maybe ten cars a tenth of a mile down the road from the (unplowed) trailhead parking area.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw three very happy dogs today. They brought smiles to our faces. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There’s a hat at the trailhead. Hunting hat, not wool. Was there when we arrive at 5:30 this morning. 
Comments: Congrats to Alex (and me) for gridding out the Osceolas today. Sage needs it one more time, in January.

We used microspikes all the way up until the end of the crazy-steep section (ridge), then the trail became drift after drift after drift, so the snowshoes went on and stayed on for the rest of our hike. The trail until that point was very packed, but if you are first on trail, as we were, expect drifts up top. So take the snowshoes.

This was my 13th time on the Osceolas, so you’d think by now I’d have learned to bring the crampons during winter for those steeps....we didn’t. Managed okay without them but boy would the steep bits have been a lot easier and safer with crampons.

I fell and whacked my already-injured shoulder (from descending Bondcliff a few weeks ago) HARD while descending East Osceola and that was not a good idea. In much pain for the descent. I chatted up all the hikers we saw coming up while we descended to help keep my mind off the pain. So all you hikers we saw today - sorry you had some weird lady talking at you - but thanks for helping me cope with my screwed up shoulder.  
Name: TrishAlexSage 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-16 
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