East Osceola via Greenly Ponds Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

East Osceola via Greenly Ponds Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2198 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
6 days ago

This trail is brutal in summer due to the never ending stepping over, on & around rocks, boulders & roots. Today however was very different...With a deep base of snow to cover all the obstacles and a good pair of snow shoes or micro spikes (traction aides a must) the trail was smooth as butter. Make no mistake though, it is still very steep for extended stretches. The first 1.3 miles in on the Greeley Ponds Trail is a beautiful gentle walk through the woods with a few easy water crossings. Once you turn right and start the ascent on the Mt. Osceola Trail the work begins. You will find yourself in the trees almost all way with limited views. However, there is a great vantage point about a 1/3 mile before the summit with a great view of Mad River Notch and both Upper & Lower Greeley Ponds. There is also a view point off to the right just short of the summit that looks deep into the valley behind the mountain. All in all a great day on the mountain! I DID NOT continue to Mount Osceola due to the heavy cloud cover. If the weather is clear it is worth the extra effort to experience "The Chimney" and take in the spectacular views from the open summit of the main peak. Adding this extended option would upgrade the hike to 5 stars.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike yesterday. It was my first 4000 and I did it solo. It was HARD I went up East Osceola and then over to Osceola and then back down East. The up was a lot of fun lots of rock scramble around every corner and steep at parts to climb with your hands too. Oh and the Chimney was awesome I went up it but on the way down I took the alternate route to the left. The coming down on East was really hard on the knees and felt like it was never ending. Slow going. It took me almost 71/2 hours to hike 7.6 miles.
Beautiful views. Before you get to the summit of East which there is no view it's in the woods at the top of one very steep part there is a short trail off to the right it had the most amazing views. I thought even better than the Summit of Osceola which was beautiful. The trail was not well marked with blazes but easy to make it out could be difficult if there was a lot of fallen leaves on the ground. HAVE FUN

hiking
3 months ago