Osceola + East Osceola

First hike of spring.

What a sunny beautiful day to be out hiking in the Whites. The one mile stretch on Greeley Ponds trail was easy and packed snow. Mt. Osceola trail was where the climb began, and a steep one it was. The snow had melted the snow just enough to make it super slick. That, combined with many-a-butt slider down made a sort of luge to the overlook before East Osceola at 2.3 miles. Luckily, there were enough folks out hiking that day that an apparent set of steps formed along either side of the luge to make the climb easier.

We enjoyed a snack break at the top of East Osceola in the sun. Then we continued onto Osceola through the forest. There is one kind of tricky section where you have to scramble up some rocks – much easier without snowshoes as Cody found out.

I was happy to have had my poles for the way down with how steep it was, and can happily report no butt-sliding was done by the three of us.

Peaks

Osceola (4,314'), East Osceola (4,157')

Trailhead

Kancamagus Hwy

Trails

Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt Osceola Trail

Distance

7.6 miles, 3,396' elevation gain

Time

Start: 9:45am, 4:38 Round Trip

Weather

Low 30s temps, clear and sunny. Windy on exposed sections (few)

Trail Conditions

Packed snow in the shade, slippery mashed potato snow in the sun.

Gear

Spikes

Partners in Crime

Cody & Rye

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Gallery

Summit of East Osceola

Sunny spring weather

Junction with Greeley Ponds

View of Osceolas from the lookout right before the final summit push

Cody and Rye looking out

Summit of Osceola

Clear view of the Presidentials

Still sunny on our way down