Mt. Osceola Ascent

Two weeks ago I got some more fall hiking in with Annelise and Sweeney.  This time our goal was Mt. Osceola from the Waterville Valley side.  Sweeney drove up and we got underway pretty quickly.

Heading out.

Heading out.

The visibility was poor, and it was spitting rain, but we had a fun ascent up slabby rock, chatting as we went.  There isn’t a good way to make a loop out of it less than 10 miles, especially after Irene tore up some trails to the east.  Because of this, we  planned to double back the way we’d come.

At first we thought this pylon was the peak...with no views to be had.

At first we thought this pylon was the peak…with no views to be had.

Supposedly on top of the mountain are good views–on any other day that would be true.  There is a great outlook ledge where old fire tower pylons remain.

Not much to see here today.

Not much to see here today.

 

Posing in front of the spectacular view

Posing in front of the spectacular view

We were on a peak after all.

We were on a peak after all.

Sweeney had been hoping to scout out some slides in the area, but we forgot to mark a waypoint before the hike, and with the poor visibility, rummaging through brush didn’t turn up anything interesting.

Obligatory foliage shot

Obligatory foliage shot

 

It's definitely fall in NH.

It’s definitely fall in NH.

Sweeney has a couple more photos from the trip, so hopefully you’ll see an update on his site soon.  All the photos you see here are credit to Annelise.

Trip data including a bit of driving to the trail head:

 

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