Mount Osceola Summit

MODERATE 59 reviews

Mount Osceola Summit is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Livermore, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,093 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

hiking
6 days ago

It's a straightforward hike with excellent views. My 3rd 4000 footer and the easiest one by far. The trail was mostly moderate inclines with occasional flat sections. There are steep, wet rock slabs, mostly near that top that can be tricky to navigate but with good boots and poles they shouldn't be much trouble.

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7 days ago

Hiked yesterday (9/14) and the weather was perfect! The trail is beautifully maintained and the prettiest I’ve hiked. It is a gradual incline the entire way without large steep sections. There were some wet areas from the recent rain that made me slip a few times :( We brought our new rescue dog for her first 4,000 footer and she did amazing for her 3rd hole overall. We did East Osceola in March and glad we separated the two to experience how beautiful they both are. Took us a total of just over 4 hours to hike and we relaxed for an hour at the top to enjoy my birthday cake

19 days ago

This was a challenging but rewarding hike. There is nothing too extreme but there are areas you have to just take your time. Amazing views at the top. I wish I would have looked at the map at the top because East Osceola is only a mile from the summit. I would have went over to it as well. I didn’t get cell signal until about half way up just an FYI. It took me 4hrs total.

23 days ago

as a very experienced hiker, this was the easiest 4000 footer ive done but the views are incredible. i hiked it on a sunday and was glad i started early because there were many people coming up on my descent down. took me 3 hours total, rocks can be slippery so take good hiking shoes but all levels of hikers could enjoy this one!

1 month ago

Great trail, and fairly easy compared to tecumseh. the view was the best ive ever seen. hands down.

hiking
1 month ago

This is our 3rd 4K, Jackson and Tecumseh were our first two. I'm glad we didn't do Osceola first as it would have set a pretty high bar! This is a fantastic hike. While Jackson and Tecumseh were pretty much uphill the entire way, Osceola gives you mini breaks with intermittent gradual ascents. There are a few rocky areas that can be tricky, but I'd say only about 20% of the trail is challenging. The payoff is the unbelievable views at the summit. This trail is our favorite so far. In addition to the great views it is a fairly quick hike. We arrived at 8:00 a.m., spent about 20 minutes at the summit enjoying our lunch and then headed back down where we reached our car a little before 1:00 p.m. My daughter and I keep a pretty quick pace, however we are novice hikers.

1 month ago

amazing hike! strongly recommend hiking boots with good traction, we had ours but watched others struggle without them on the steep 45 degree rocks! trail from tripoli rd isnt too difficult but again is steep at parts! we went the day after a big rain storm so the rocks were a bit slippery but there is also a natural running stream throughout the mountain so i’m not sure if it is always a little slick? like said in the previous review the last 1/2 mile definitely did me in but once you get to the summit it is so worth it! amazing breath taking view that pictures just don’t do justice! and the smell is something you just want to bottle up and take home with you! overall great hike and definitely recommend to everyone in shape or out of shape! my boyfriend does many mountains so it was a breeze for him but i hadnt done one since monadnock a few years back and this really wasn’t all too difficult for me having not climbed recently!

hiking
1 month ago

Personally , I would rate this as moderately hard but that's coming from an out of shape 54 y.o.

It's rocky most of the way with some sections of 45 degree slab. It had rained hard the day before so the trail was basically a little stream which made for some slippery rocks.

I think the hardest part (steepest and most rocky) was the last 1/2 mile! It is worth it when you finally reach the summit though,!

I struggled coming down with my noodle legs and actuslly fell three times on the slippery roots and rocks. Bring Band-Aids.

It took just under 2 1/2 hours to reach the summit but again, this old lady is out of shape.

I thought I read this was not as heavily travelled as others but that's not the case. Glad we went early so we really only bumped into the mobs as we descended.

And you truly meet up with the most friendly people on the trails! Thank you everyone!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Moderate, steady incline all the way from the Tripoli road trail head to the summit. Beautiful open views a few feet beyond the summit. If you add East Osceola to the hike, it's a bit more challenging (steeper elevation loss and gain, the chimney section) but totally manageable! East Osceola's summit is completely wooded so there are no views, but there is a small outcrop close to the top where offers some nice views.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not too hard. Steady ascent to summit. Gorgeous views. Good way to start the season

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail! I start off my 4’footer experience on this trail and glad I did. I am now motivated to begin complete the rest. I also look forward to bringing my wife, non-hiker, because I know she would enjoy this climb.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike on 4th of July! Trail is in great shape, and definitely “moderate” rating. Stunning views from the summit!! If you aren’t heading on to East Osceola, make sure you at least go the first 20 yards in that direction - the view that opens up to the north is totally worth the few extra steps. Also the distance listed here as 4.9 miles is WRONG - it is actually 6.4 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Lots of rocks at the start for almost 70% of the way. Make sure you have good shoes with ankle support and hard soles. Its very easy to roll your ankles.
The view is great and can get cold even on a warm day.

3 months ago

Tremendous views up top. Great starter trail (my first 4000 footer) summited in 1hr 40mns. First mile or so is very rocky and hence listed as moderate difficulty.

3 months ago

Beautiful day, all blowdowns are now cleared. Tripoli Road trail head requires $5 parking fee(cash), just an FYI. I went to Osceola peak not East, took 2 hrs up, surprisingly easy. 6.4 miles rt.

hiking
3 months ago

A popular hike, and for good reason. Quick climb to 4300 feet and not very rigorous. Rather rocky which can slow you down but all in all a great hike that offers excellent views to the east.

hiking
3 months ago

Well defined trails, the first time ever I didn’t have to backtrack throughout the hike to get back on track. A lot of rock scrambling and trees were down across trails which led to having to either crawl under or over them but not a problem. There weren’t any signs once we reached summit but it’s clear we were there and we did see a marker in the ground. There aren’t really any views along the way, but beautiful once at the tops. Some lovely wildflowers I’d never seen before on the edges of the trail. Parking does fill up but we were there early enough, if it’s full you can park along the road. The road isn’t always open though so definitely call ahead to be sure. I had no cell service from the start, so was unable to track my route not a biggie. Definitely recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

A very steep, but beautiful hike! As you get closer to the summit, it gets steeper and more rock slabs appear, making it more difficult to hike. The entire path is gorgeous, with trees along the slab faces! I would say this is a bit on the hard side; it took us 4.5 hours to complete it, round trip. The top has a very nice area for a picnic!

10 months ago

One of our favorite hikes. Great view at the top of Mt Osceola. Nice easy climb (with about a mile of rocks to work around in the beginning). Heading to E Osceola is another mile out and worth to trip due to the chimney. It’s intimidating looking but the climb up (I don’t suggest going that route down, use the other rock path to the north) is easier. There are a lot of foot and hand holds. It’s empowering once you reach the top.

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