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Mount Osceola Trail to Greeley Ponds Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 2,378 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

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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.

Saco Ranger District, Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5448

There is a $3 fee to park here for the day.

From Conway NH take route 112 (aka Kancamagus Highway) west towards Lincoln NH. After crossing thru Kancamagus pass you will descend down to a hair pin turn. The trailhead will be on your left as you reach the broad sweeping turn to the right. From Lincoln: The trailhead is 9 miles east of Exit 32,1-93 on the Kancagmagus Highway.

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Sidney Berenson
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Hiking

Day after the tropical storm so pretty slick everywhere... hiking poles are a good idea. The view is almost too good for how short this hike is. Not a crazy challenge, very physically doable! I will most likely be returning! Got here at 9 to avoid crowds which worked very well!

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Andrew O'Barton
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HikingRocky

Hiked on 7-18-20. Trail was absolutely PACKED. Lot of traffic the whole way up and down which took away from the experience. I swear there must’ve been 50+ people on the summit...trail was in good shape. Pretty moderate hike and highly recommend for people starting off their NH48 journey. Had to park about .2 miles from trailhead because cars were lined up along the road and lot was full. Started around 10 and took about 4 hours total. Great views for a moderate hike. Not a lot of mosquitoes...

Rachel Muench
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Hiking

Great Trail! We started at the Greeley Ponds trailhead so you reach the East Peak before Osceola. Definitely would recommend this approach as the East peak is pretty anti-climactic. If you see the top of Osceola first and continue on to the East Peak - you will probably be disappointed! There isn’t much of a view from the East Peak. The top of Osceola is absolutely beautiful! Panoramic views all around. Starting from Greeley Ponds is a bit more difficult then coming from the Tripoli Rd starting points. It is a steep incline most of the way up with some rock scrambles. Very doable if you take your time and bring a lot of water! I’m not sure I would recommend bringing a dog on this hike - it is very steep and you will not be able to easily leash them. Buggy and a tad muddy at points so definitely don’t forget the bug spray! Out and back took us between 5-6 hrs.

Liz B
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HikingScramble

Beautiful hike. Some water on trails and rocks but fine with shoes with grip. In the clouds at the top but still incredible!

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Lele T
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HikingBugsFeeMuddy

Definitely a very hard trail! But the view up top was worth it!

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Terra Branford
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice trail. Beautiful views at Osceola with the crowd to go with it! Actually missed the Chimney on the way to East Osceola, it didn’t even look like the trail. Went up it because some one pointed it out. I would not have gone down it any way! Nice hike to bag two 4000ders.

Shelby Courtois
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S Mac
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike. Very buggy so don’t forget the spray.

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vivian zander
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Jervanna Krug
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Hiking

Great hike with incredible views. Challenging but do-able. 3.2 miles to the summit!

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Alyssa Richard
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Emily Boardman
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HikingMuddyRocky

Muddy in parts, several creek crossings and rocks can be damp and slippy, snow at the top - in the early morning there is probably ice as well. Unfortunately there was lots of cloud cover at the summit today, but I can imagine it would be a beautiful view. Thing to note: the 6.2mi is one way

Gabriella Kearns
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HikingIcyMuddyScrambleSnow

Extremely fun trail! Creek crossing at the start, but the water was low enough to use rocks to step across. Brooks throughout the trail, due to the melting snow, was a beautiful trail to hike! Icy near the top, so spikes were needed.

Cailey Denoncourt
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HikingSnow

We started at Livermore parking since Tripoli was closed. After a couple miles along Tripoli road, we went up Osceola trail, which is very underused in the winter and we needed to break through some semi-deep, crusted snow. At the top, we walked through some pretty deep snow, which snowshoes were needed. We continued to East Osceola, where the trail was much more trafficked and micro spikes were a must. Rather than backtracking we decided to continue down but instead of taking Greenly Ponds to the Kancamangus, we took it back to Livermore Road. Overall, some amazing views and good mileage and a great winter hike! :)

Rachel Greene
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HikingRocky

Just finished the hike! First mile was rocky, view from the top of Mt Osceola was INCREDIBLE. Very windy. Not too many lookout points along the way but the top was breathtaking—-literally cause it was freezing

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Tim Babcock
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Hiking

I would rate this trail as moderate. For a 4000 footer it’s not that difficult. The worse part is walking on all the rocks. You don’t climb over any boulders or anything like that your just constantly walking on ground level rocks. I went the day after Columbus Day and the trail was pretty busy. The road to get to the parking lot is gated and the gate closes for winter at the end of October. The view was awesome with the leaves changing. But by the time you make it to the top and back to the parking lot you just never want to walk on a rock again.

Adam Bauerle
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HikingRocky

Awesome, easy, gradual climb

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Elaine B.
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HikingRocky

Took me almost exactly 3 hours to complete with a short stop at the top and a bit of trail running down. The lower part of the trail is very rocky. I only hit the first peak and went back down from there. Nice hike and beautiful views.

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Lakshmi Srinivasan
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Hiking

Did this trail today. very beautiful to look at the fall colors from the top.

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