Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Osceola, East Osceola, NH
Trails: Tripoli Road, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Livermore around 9:45AM. There was a few cars there and the lot was in good shape due to cold temps firming up the mud. When I returned sometime after 3:30PM my truck was surrounded by a puddle of mud (not the 90s alternative rockers, actual mud, which I prefer). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are a few small / narrow crossings on MOT. The larger one crosses a brook that drops steeply, this was ice bridged and fairly easy if you are confident in your traction. The others are low and easy.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in fine shape with a few easy step overs and a few easy duck unders that have been limbed a bit. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some of the icy sections may be difficult for some dogs. I did see one competent dog who I've met a few times before on these peaks.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Tripoli Road is mostly ice covered. I put on (dullish) micro spikes shortly on and kept with them most of the way up Mt. Osceola. The trail is starts off ice then a little mix of mud/rock before back to ice and snow. It was warm enough to soften the ice where I had little issue getting spikes to bite. Higher up however there are sections of firmer blue ice. I chose to toss on G12s here, while overkill I wanted to put some miles on them. Sharp spikes, preferably Hillsounds, would of been adequate for ascending and decending from Osceola. There was a dusting of wet snow and probably a few inches in between the peaks. There are a few bypasses of the Chimney that have been taken recently. On the way down I took the bypass of the bypass (double bypass?). Since I had the G12s and an axe I attempted to go up the Chimney on the way back. There is a large overhanging ice flow that looked more challenging once I got to it. While it is certainly doable, sliding back off it in full crampons could result in some ligament damage. I have too many hikes to do the next two months to risk it, so I backed down and took the regular rock bypass.

Ran into Teal and Rhonda as they were heading down Osceola after coming up from the Kanc. They said it was pretty icy going up east, and the two others I ran into certain agreed. Lots of tree hugging if decending that way.  
Name: Kyle L 
E-Mail: kjlanctot at g mail 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-04-02 
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