Mount Osceola Trail

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Mount Osceola Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Breathtaking vistas of Kancamagus wilderness with a steep incline. This hike will bring you to the highest peaks of the Sandwich Range with good views to the east despite wooded summits This is a short but steep climb to get the tallest peak in the Sandwich Range and it's sister peak East Osceola. Although both summits are wooded there are ledges on the way up East and a viewpoint towards the east from Mt. Osceola. to get there you will take the Greely Pond Trail from the Kancamangus Highway to the Mt. Osceola trail which turns off to the west just before the ponds. NOTE: Price for parking on Tripoli Road has changed to $5.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome hike!! Would hike again for sure

28 days ago

A long and beautiful trail. Much of the start is flat, but then the other half is full of switchbacks and steep climbs. The summit offers exceptional views of the presidentials, but it’s a bit tricky to navigate. Very few flat areas and the the routes to the top above the tree line aren’t clear, but doable. .

hiking
2 months ago

Trailhead on Tripoli Rd is NOT accessible in the winter months. (Road is closed.)

hiking
3 months ago

Climbed Osceola and E Osceola vis the Mt Osceola trail. The grade was not too difficult on the way up to Mt Osceola.

The trail between the peaks was more difficult. The chimney between peaks was tricky.

Great views from the top of Osceola, no views from E Osceola.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day trip peak-bagging trip for the NH 48 4000' list. Lots of rock hopping on the way up to Osceola, with lots of slanted smooth ledge as you get closer to the summit. Glad to have done this on a nice dry day. The Summit of Osceola has amazing views. The trip over to East Osceola is 2 miles round trip. There is a detour around the "chimney", a vertical rock climb. The Chimney has plenty of hand and foot holds and may look overwhelming, but is quite doable in dry weather. Overall this was a nice hike but not one of my favorites just from the rough boulder trail.

hiking
3 months ago

not much happens on this trail untill you summit, but the payoff is fantastic.

4 months ago

loved It!!!

4 months ago

What an amazing view!!!

hiking
4 months ago

(I'm 45, reasonably fit, but not an experienced hiker.) This hike was a good work out, but with little to no views during the ascent, everything hinged on the weather at the summit. I got lucky, and it was a spectacular reveal (the guy that arrived two minutes after me whooped in surprise when he saw the view!). Not so good for the folks who arrived later that day, as the summit was shrouded in clouds and nobody wanted to hang around. The East Peak is also a little anti-climactic after the first summit. If I was doing this again I'd just do the main summit - it's a quick ascent, great view, and you can then take your time getting down.

4 months ago

Hiked from Tripoli Road trailhead and Mount Osceola Trail to Mount Osceola and East Osceola on 10/7/2017. Up to Osceola was relatively easy and approximately 3 miles. Between Osceola and East Osceola is markedly more difficult.

The weather was disappointing with rain and clouds throughout the day so we only had occasional views. Our GPS said we did 7.8 miles out and back which is different than maps show.

Anyway, always fun to be on the trail and to get two more 4,000 footers was an added bonus.

4 months ago

I found a pair of wireless headphones on trail near Chimney..... please reply with color and type if they are yours.....GREAT Hike !!!

hiking
4 months ago

Had heard lots of complaints about how rocky this trail is. While it is rocky, I don't think it's that much rockier than any other trail in the Whites. The trail is a steady, not difficult climb, with lots of switchbacks. There is no really steep section. The view from the summit is amazing and there's plenty of room to spread out.

4 months ago

nice. peaceful and great view at top.

5 months ago

It is a nice trail with steady elevation up. No trail marks, but should be easy to follow. However we did make a mistake around 1 mile, missing a sharp turn. There is log pile supposed to block the way, but we just walk over. And found we were not the only group in the off-trail woods. It is a good workout and the review on the top is beautiful.

5 months ago

really tough trail, lots of near vertical scrambling, worth the trip!

5 months ago

The view at the end is worth all the effort to come up. Great workout on the way up.

hiking
5 months ago

Sunday: Pretty easy 3.2 mile hike (one way) to top of Osceloa for a very nice view of Tripyramids and Waterville valley. Would have rated higher if it wasn't as crowded. It's a popular hike - weekday and starting early probably a good choice.

hiking
5 months ago

Summit offers a great vantage point from the south west part of the white mountains. Clearly marked trails. Tripoli road isn't in greatest condition so drive slowly to avoid large potholes.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Switchbacks made the first 2 or so miles easy. The last mile to the summit was slightly challenging with sloped rocks. There is a narrow part at the bottom of the sloped rocks that you can walk on without sliding. Summit views on Osceola are stunning. The mile between Osceola and East Osceola was fairly steep right at Mt. Osceola and at the Chimney. Other than that, it was an straightforward hike to the wooded summit of East Osceola.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with awesome views from Osceola. The trail is mostly switchbacks with a few tricky spots in between Osceola and East Osceola. Of course the chimney is difficult but it was one of the most memorable parts of the hike for us.

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