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on Mount Osceola Trail

hiking
15 hours ago

Went up on 3.16.19 on snowshoes. Temp at trail head 32F. Gradual incline via Greeley Pond, then sharp incline up to East Osceola, after which summitting Osceola felt like a breeze. Clear starting out, thick base of snow of about 4ft, light snow falling as little round grain-sized beads, which settle on the branches of the fur trees like some kind of Christmas trim. Cloudy towards the top; thicker, wind-slanted snowfall. Brother turned to me and said, “It might as well be Narnia.”

Trail up is very icy and a great challenge. Soft and slushy with light cover at the trail head but frozen hard as you move up. Did it in microspikes but crampons would have been better. Blowing pretty good at the top. 1 hour 15 minutes up.

Packed snow on the way up, ice at the top. Snow became slushy on the way down, as it was a warm day. Fairly constant incline until the carriage road. 3.5 hours up, 2 hours down. Had to take a lot of breaks on the way up because i'm not in the best shape cardio-wise, but going down was easy. Did a bit of butt-sliding, though I should have brought a sled for that.

Very easy nice trail up until the last short part to the summit's. One step to the right or left off the packed trail (wood under) and you drop in waist deep. Good amount of people on the trail yesterday, perfect for a windy day because none of the trail is above tree line. Would be a great trail to run and scramble up in summer. Summit isn't as great as others but overall nice trail even this time of year. Need spikes for the last push to the summit.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this trail March 13, 2019. Beautiful views great conditions. Needed microspikes hiking up to the lake . Changed into snowshoes and walked around the lake to the right. Tons of snow at the hut. Much easier to walk this trail in the winter, the path is narrow but you don’t have to climb around rocks!

hiking
snow
7 days ago

on Lonesome Lake Trail

hiking
snow
7 days ago

This trail is great. Beautiful Views and it was frozen so you could walk out onto the lake. Pocket some cash for a hut treat!

hiking
blowdown
snow
washed out
9 days ago

Hiked December 9, 2018 to complete the NH48. Wore snowshoes the whole time (damn those things are annoying). Push from the hut to the summit was gnarly. White our conditions. Couldn’t see much at all. Took a bit of thinking to figure out best route to summit. I’d recommend to experienced hikers, especially with Winter conditions. Trail was in good condition, few people turned back because of the cold temps.

Great hike! The trail was mainly packed down, I just used my micro spikes. There were a couple points where snow shoes could have been used, but mainly packed down for the majority! It was beautiful and clear out this morning. There were a couple down trees, but high enough you can hike right under. We didn’t make our way to Waumbek.

I’d love to do this one again in the summer, one of the easier 4,000footers I’ve done

It took us 2hrs to go up and an 1hr down. I feel that the packed snow made it easier as well.

We each took our dogs and they did great!

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! Did this last weekend, did not need snow shoes just spikes. Very steep at parts so took a lot of break. Total of 3 hours to hike, bring cash to get a little treat at the top across the lake at the hut! Beautiful views of the mountains at the top across the lake. Parking was very limited so get there early

hiking
scramble
snow
19 days ago

We planned to summit Lafayette and then return the same way but lost the trail which used up too much time so turned back before tree line. Heavy snow not very packed so we used snow shoes and broke trail most of the way. Still a great day in the White Mountains.
Used snow shoes, poles, winter mountaineering boots, base layers and shells. Took crampons and microspikes but used the snow shoes.

very nice trail for a first time winter hike. motivating views of the summit just when you need it!
9.2 miles RT with the additional distance to winter parkinglot.

Sweet trail, steep incline at the beginning and not so bad thereafter. If anyone goes this weekend you’ll see my prints up to nearly the top where I laid down for a bit then came back down because the sun was setting haha

Absolutely gorgeous day. Very cold but great hike! Had to snowshoe most of the way I’m and out due to fresh powdery snow but very enjoyable!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

2019-02-18 - Great day to do it, Snow well pack. Below treeline, where is it really steep, it was hard to get a good foot hold. Up above treeline, very icy of course, you ll need them crampons and iceaxe if you go towards washington!

hiking
1 month ago

Andy and I got a real good one today. Parking lot was full by 8:30. Very flat for majority of trail, until we started up the south peak at the fork. Snowshoes were necessary, and I wish I had my crampons with me. A lot of bushwhacking in between summits but the north peak was completely still and awesome. Descent was gnarly but quick, and then flat the rest of the way home. Knocked two down!

One of the easiest NH48’s thus far (28 in). This is a result of not only the terrain but the fact that the snow made for a much more pleasant and forgivable ascent and descent.

hiking
1 month ago

I'll definitely be doing this one again. It was a little chilly when I did it before. I look forward to hiking this one again when the weather is nicer.

hiking
1 month ago

This one's got sentimental value to me because it was my first real hike. The first mountain I ever hiked. Beautiful view up at the top. This was how I got into hiking.
It's tough though.

Forever one of my favorite trails. I last did this one back in May of 2018 but I'll probably be doing it again in April this year. Can't wait.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful hike up to the lake. 9” of fresh snowfall so snowshoes were perfect. Not much visibility at the lake due to the moderate snowfall. Highly recommend it and would definitely go again.

This is a moderate loop trail that gives hikers about 8 miles to contend with. I’m sure it is an easy path in summer but the lack of markers make it much more difficult in the winter. Off trail several times which is fine but buyer beware. The ranger trail is completely unmarked beyond the utility shed so follow water downhill. All in all a great experience with wonderful views at the top.

Plenty of different ways to head up which keeps it from getting stale. Flatrock has a great view of Claremont with Ascutney in the distance.

Done on 2/6/19, packed snow, about 30 degrees out at the parking lot and partly sunny. Very steep incline, recommend spikes. My friend and I ran down on the way back and finished the whole hike in 4 hours. Saw two older men on the hike and they said if you go 200ft further after the waumbek summit there are good views but we didn’t know until we passed them again on the way down. Mt starr king was nice, fed some birds from our hands. Good hike.

Fun trail, need spikes in numerous areas, snowshoes helped early on. White arrow was completely iced over, wouldn’t do it with anything less than micro spikes.

Great local hike. Just the right amount of inclines and scenery to make it a good workout without the 2 hour drive up North. Dog friendly, but dog peeps beware of the snowmobilers (in certain spots) if your pups are off leash.

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