Preplanned Hike for Osceola: Mt. Osceola Trail > Greeley Ponds Trail > Tripoli Rd. Loop
The summit of Osceola is a big, flat rock with excellent views eastward of the Tripyramids and southward of Waterville Valley. Osceola and its sister to the east, East Osceola, are two of the 48 designated Four Thousand Footers in New Hampshire. If you are attempting to climb these, it makes sense to summit both on the same hike, an easy endeavor. East Osceola is a mile away over a rocky ridge with some steep sections. Trees stand on the summit of East Osceola and there is no view. The Osceolas can be accessed from Tripoli Road or the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112). MountainSummits.com has hiked them from both roads. To check out the hike from the Kanc, click on the link above. The Osceolas are located in the Sandwich Region of the White Mountains.
Mt. Osceola Trail > Greeley Ponds Trail > Livermore Road > Tripoli Road
0 Tripoli Rd. parking lot
trailhead for Mt. Osceola Trail
One might ask why hike a loop that includes
an arduous 2.7 mile road walk? The quick answer is an aversion
for hiking the same trail twice in the same day. To go deeper,
there are pros and cons to this loop. The benefits include
summiting an additional peak, enjoying the beauty of Greeley Ponds,
and cruising down the easy Greeley Ponds Trail. The drawbacks
are a steep descent off of East Osceola and an unpleasant, uphill 2.7
mile road walk back to the parking lot at Tripoli Road (that you can
avoid if you drop another car at the Livermore Road parking lot). I'm
glad I did the loop, but then again, I got lucky and hitched a ride
from Livermore Road parking lot back to my car on Tripoli Rd.
Tripoli Rd. parking lot from Waterville Valley:
I-93, Exit 28, NH49, Waterville Valley/Campton exit.
Submitted by: Mark, MountainSummits.com, age 30, athletic male.
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