View Full Version : Sweet Osceola Thursday - 8/12/2010

08-13-2010, 08:09 AM
With everything else that's been going on this summer our opportunities to get to NH have been more limited than usual and no extended stays other than the 4 day Seek the Peak weekend. Our current solution to this dilemma is to try to grab several day trips between now and the fall. I've got the good fortune to be able to take vacation days with last minute notice so we can hopefully plan good weather days as well. Yesterday certainly worked out perfectly as one of those days.

We left the house at 5:00 and were at the Mt Osceola trailhead on Tripoli Rd a little after 8:30. The air was cool, the sky was blue and sunny and it was about as good an August day for hiking in the Whites that you could ask for. We only saw a couple of others on the trail all the way to East Osceola and we had both summits to ourselves to enjoy in solitude. The hike was awesome, the views were spectacular and our plan to do a few more of these in the coming weeks were solidified! At 3:00 we were back at the car and ready to head home.

The drive home put a bit of a damper on our good spirits. We've avoided the weekday trips in the past because of not wanting to deal with the horrendous Boston traffic. On the last trip up in July we had finally realized that we could avoid Boston rush hour mess by using 495. Yesterday, not so much. There was an accident on the other side of 495 that had a rescue helicopter landed on the highway and traffic stopped in the other direction for over 10 miles. The rubbernecking traffic on our side wasn't much better. In the end it probably only cost us an extra 1/2 hour and we were home before 7:30. An aggravating end but not enough to ruin a fantastic day. Already thinking about another one of these next week...

Rocky trail heading up Mt Osceola

The reward on Mt Osceola summit. What incredible views!

Great way to spend a Thursday

The path ahead to East Osceola

Steep climb down the chimney bypass

Amazing views into the Pemi

On the summit of East Osceola. Not great views (OK, no views) but a nice spot to enjoy lunch in the dappled sunshine and cool breezes

Fun climb up the chimney on the way back

This poor little vole almost got squished when he ran across the trail under my feet. He ran in here and just sat there "being invisible".

The whole album is here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman42/Osceolas81210#

08-13-2010, 09:06 AM

Great TR. You guys had some great blue skies for this hike. How long would you say it took you to get over to East Osceola? The picture overlooking the Pemi is awesome! Thanks for sharing.


Snow Miser
08-13-2010, 10:18 AM
Great photos and TR Mark! What a way to spend a Thursday, and with such beautiful weather too. Thanks for sharing!

Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-13-2010, 01:03 PM
That was one sweet looking hike. You are so fortunate that you can get to the Whites for a long day trip. You know we wish we were closer. Counting the weeks til we get back there: 10.
Hope you get in another trip next week! Maybe traffic will be better too.


08-13-2010, 07:50 PM
Can't keep you guys away from the mountains for long.

Nice job!

Thanks for making me jealous.

Now I need to do a similar trip.

The mountains are calling - The mountains are calling!

Super clear images.

Felt like I was there.


08-14-2010, 07:43 AM
Thanks all. It was definitely a great day.

Karl - It took us 2 hours to get to Osceola and another 40 minutes to East (after a 20 minute lunch break) so 3 hours at a comfortable pace. Total time was 6 hours out and back with quite a breaks.

Bob - I think Thursdays should officially be declared hiking days (although that might kill the advantage of uncrowded trails and summits).

Donna - I know. We're definitely blessed to be close enough that we're able to do this. The 10 weeks will go by in a flash and soon you'll be counting the days ;-)

Doug - Don't be jealous, just do it!

KD Talbot
08-16-2010, 02:23 PM
Awesome day! The views from there are magnificent! Nice job capturing the day!


Anna LeBlanc
08-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Thank you for the beautiful pictures Mark you were lucky to have such beautiful weather.The last time we were at Osceola it was raining:(