Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This was a nice hike. The trail is fairly easy but it is a rocky trail. Wyler, my dog, had no problem. The summit had a nice view and was relatively flat. I wish now I had opted for the extra 1.5 miles to East Peak but there was threat of thunderstorms and I did not want to be caught again.
I did this trail with three friends. Over all, we all really liked it. The at the end of the day we thought this was a pretty easy hike. We have done some smaller mountains and been more challenged. That being said, it does get pretty steep at some points.
We started on the Greely Pond Trail off the Kangamangus highway. After a little over a mile you turn right at a sign for East Osceola.
There aren’t any views from the peak of East Osceola. There are a few good views on the way up. You do get a nice view from the peak of Osceola. Also the there are some good look outs between the two peaks.
This was my fist real mountain hike. For a beginner, it was a tough climb, but the view at the top is worth it. The trek down was much more taxing after the 3mi climb. On a Saturday during the summer, there were quite a few other hikers, and several dogs, but it did not feel crowded. I really enjoyed the technical aspect of this trail, there are many large rocks to traverse, more of the trail is like this rather than flat.
Wonderful view, but IMO, it was a very brutal climb, at the last 1/2 mile. I climbed it from the Kanc side. Broken Granite made footing very difficult. A great work out though! I can't wait to do it again :)
Hike is pretty much all in the woods, until you hit the top. Worth the trip up, nice place for a little sit down snack, to enjoy the views.
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