|Greeley Ponds Trailhead|
I hiked this trail the end of May and am writing about it now so it won’t be as precise as my newer hikes so I do apologize! I decided to hike East Osceola and then continue up to Osceola as East was a viewless summit. I figured I’d have a great view to look forward to. It was drizzling out and unfortunately very foggy. I started on the Greeley Ponds Trail. The trail was very wet, but there was a network of log boardwalk set up. There was only one stream crossing.
|Stream Crossing Greeley Ponds Trail|
After about a mile or so into the hike, you will take the Mt. Osceola Trail which branches off to the right. The Mt. Osceola Trail is where the hiking really begins. About a mile after beginning the trail, it opens up for a nice view of the ponds and surrounding area before returning under treeline. There is a steep, but short section of the trail as you approach the east peak of Osceola which has a wooded summit.
|Summit of East Osceola|
From this summit, you begin west and descend quite a bit before the climb picks back up. There was a good mix of steep and flat trail heading up toward the peak of Osceola.
|Snow on the trail at the end of May!|
Eventually you will approach the chimney. It does require a bit of scrambling, but is fun and has some excellent holds! The rest of the trail continues steeply until you reach the large, open main Osceola summit.
|Steep section of the trail approaching the Chimney|
|Summit of Mt. Osceola|
You should be able to see the Waterville Valley area and the Tripyramids, but as you can see, I had no views that day. It was still pretty amazing being near the edge in the clouds!
Approach from: Kancamagus Highway (112)
East Osceola: 4156′
Distance: 7.6 miles
Time: Approx 5 1/2 hours
|Map: Via Greeley Ponds Trail; Mount Osceola Trail|
Last modified: November 28, 2014