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Mt Osceola, East Osceola
May 23, 2002

Route: Mt Osceola Trail
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Elevation: Mt Osceola 4340 ft
East Osceola 4156 ft
Vertical Climb: 3186 ft
Distance: 8.4 miles
Who Went: Paul, Muffin

I wasn't particularly looking forward to this climb because I didn't consider Osceola to be much of a challenge. Although many seem to consider it among their favorites, it's definitely not a mountain I would have picked if it weren't one of the 4000-footers. But I had to get it out of the way, and the timing was right. So, to make the hike a bit more interesting, even though I'd already been to East Osceola from the Greeley Ponds side, I decided to do both peaks from Tripoli Rd. This would give me the chance to climb the chimney in the col between them.

Tripoli Rd (pronounced Triple-eye, not Trip-o-lee as in "from the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of ...) connects the town of Waterville Valley to I-93 near the town of Woodstock, passing over the height of land between Mts Osceola and Tecumseh. This mostly gravel road provides the only access to the Mt Osceola Trailhead, but it's closed in the winter and doesn't usually open until late May. I got lucky - it had just been opened the day before; otherwise I had considered hiking the three miles in from Waterville Valley.

After parking at the trailhead, Muffin and I headed up the relatively flat but rock-strewn path. The weather was near perfect and there were minimal bugs - a good day for a hike! I was looking forward to tackling the chimney, which I had read about but never seen.

Along the way, I took a lot of pictures of Muffin because I promised my daughter that I would. Besides, I managed to catch her in a few good poses for a change.

Mt Osceola Trailhead on Tripoli Rd. I was extremely lucky as Tripoli Rd, which is closed in the winter, had just opened for the season.

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Muffin on the Mt Osceola Trail. The beginning of this trail is relatively flat, but extremely rocky.

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The Mt Osceola Trail. In this spot, some boulders form a small wall by which the rock-strewn trail passes.

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Muffin on the Mt Osceola Trail. I took a lot of pictures of Muffin on this hike because I promised my daughter that I would. Besides, I managed to catch her in a few good poses for a change.

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