Ascent of Mount Osceola-East Peak on 2015-09-04

Climber: Chris Calabrese

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, September 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Osceola-East Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4156 ft / 1266 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did East Osceola via Greeley Ponds on a Friday in early September. There were a decent amount of other hikers out there.

The first half on Greeley Ponds Trail is very easy by NH standards. The second half, not so much. It is very steep and seems to go on forever. Some parts are solid rock while others are gravel so you need to be careful at times. Fortunately it was not wet!

The summit itself is wooded however there were two amazing view points. The first is a side path to the right once you make it to the very top of the slide. The second one is located approx. 0.2 miles west of the summit and about 200-300 ft descent but totally worth it. This is the best view of the day on a boulder you can sit on facing the north. Very nice views of the Osceola Range, Fran Ridge, Garfield, Twins, Hancocks, and Carrigain, not to mention the Prezi's in the distance.

The descent required some care but finished the whole hike in 5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Greeley Ponds / Osceola
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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