Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in the ski trail pull over just west of the trail head and walked along the road to the trail head. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Major crossings bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Basically in good shape. A few duck unders or go arounds 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Greeley Pond Trail was packed down but we used snowshoes and kept them on all the way to the summit of East Osceola. Some very steep sections required careful foot placement around and over exposed rocks. As noted in another report there was extensive drifting between East Osceola summit to the chimney bypass. Based on several previous winter experiences at this spot we switched to crampons for the bypass only to discover that there was no purchase on rock or ice. It took a couple of tries to get over the first 10 feet. An ice ax would have been useful. Rock climbers should have no problem. After that it was OK in crampons all the way to the summit without post holing. No problems coming down the bypass with crampons. After the bypass we switched to snowshoes but found that the stretch back to the East Osceola summit was badly chewed up with lots of deep post holes by hikers not wearing snowshoes. Just before the steep descent after East Osceola summit we switched to crampons but had to give in to butt sliding (feet raised) down a few sections. Stayed in crampons for the remainder of the hike as the trail was well packed down.  
Name: dexhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-23 
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