Ascent of Mount Osceola on 2014-09-17

Climber: Steve Blanchette

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Osceola
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4320 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started out early on a Wednesday morning which is great for solitude on such a popular hike. I saw one person ahead of me when I started but quickly passed him and his dog. After that I was alone for hours! The hike to Osceola main peak was a well worn and very steady trail that was perfect for just enjoying the scenery and nature. The views from the summit are absolutely stunning, I was very pleasantly surprised! I hung out longer than intended just to enjoy the view.
After this I headed over to the East peak and came across the somewhat famous chimney, which hiking solo, I decided to avoid and took the detour around. The rest of the hike to the East peak was uneventful and that peak is covered in trees. I followed an unmarked footpath to a small outlook but even here not many views.
On my return trip I passed a few people as it was getting later in the morning and got to enjoy the views from the main summit once more. This time I noticed and logged the benchmark in the stone on the summit, though the benchmark mentioned the tower itself (which is long gone). I haven’t had much time to hike this year so I am glad I took the day to hike these two peaks!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2040 ft / 621 m
    Total Elevation Loss:520 ft / 158 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2040 ft / 621 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Osceola Trail
    Start Trailhead:Tripoli Rd Parking  2280 ft / 694 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:520 ft / 158 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Osceola Trail
    End Trailhead:Col to East Peak  3800 ft / 1158 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Osceola

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Osceola2014-09-17 a2040 ft / 622 m
2Mount Osceola-East Peak2014-09-17 b356 ft / 109 m
3Mount Osceola2014-09-17 c520 ft / 158 m
Total Trip Gain: 2916 ft / 889 m    Total Trip Loss: 2916 ft / 889 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Steve Blanchette
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