East Osceola via Greenly Ponds Trail

MODERATE 11 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
2,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
16 days ago

A relatively strenuous hike with some steep rocky sections. It had just rained, so while coming down some of the rocks were a bit slippery. There are a few lookouts on the way up but only trees and a large cairn at the top. For the effort to reach the top, the views were sub par, but next time would definitely recommend continue hiking to the Osceola peak. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and would recommend. Most of the trail is rocky and some parts were slower to maneuver up (and down) with the dog, but she’s the superior hiker out of the 3 of us and was fine. Took about 2.5 up and 1.5 down.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent hike. Steep ascent/climb to the top. Would recommend the larger loop to peak bag. Can't comment on views, both times we've done Osceola we saw nothing but clouds.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is HARD - the bottom half is easy, the top half is wicked - a straight up rocky climb. Luckily it’s not that long, even though it feels long. The summit is wooded but there are great clearings below the summit with terrific views. Hiked with 2 dogs. I haven’t done this peak coming over the ridge Osceola, but I have to imagine that must be the better way to do it.

2 months ago

Amazing hike with incredible views! Highly recommend this hike! We started at Greenly trail head and did both summits. However it’s much longer than this trail says. We started at 10:15AM and got back to the car at 5:45PM totaling 9.2 miles in and out.

Absolutely worth the hike with a huge summit outlook on the second peek with stunning views! There were several stunning viewpoints on the way to both making it an incredible hike on a clear day. You always get to hit two summits of the 48, 4 thousand footers in New Hampshire!

This was a pretty steep hike to say the least but not as bad as some of the others, and again absolutely worth it! There are some creeks in the beginning of the trail for water but not much once you get 2 miles in so take plenty of water on a hot day.

All in all loved this hike and was one of the best ones so far!

hiking
6 months 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
10 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

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