Mount Osceola Trail

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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Mount Osceola is named for the legendary Seminole chief who waged war against U.S. troops during the late 1830s when the government tried to move his people from Florida to Oklahoma. He died in prison in 1837. He never visited his namesake peak in New Hampshire. In fact, it was likely not named for him until late in the nineteenth century. The reason is unknown. A map of the region, circa 1860, refers to it as “Mad River Peak.” Mount Osceola is the highest mountain in the Waterville Valley area, dominating the northwestern end of the valley. There are two approaches to the summit, one from Tripoli Road in Thornton Gap and the other via the Greeley Pond Trail and East Osceola, a 4000-footer in its own right. The Greeley Ponds are a high-use area. In addition, there is a “chimney,” a non-technical vertical climb between the lower, tree-covered East Peak and the main summit of Osceola, making this route doubly un-dog-friendly. If the main peak of Osceola is your goal, the approach from the Tripoli Road is more direct and definitely preferable with a dog.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Osceola is named for the legendary Seminole chief who waged war against U.S. troops during the late 1830s when the government tried to move his people from Florida to Oklahoma. He died in prison in 1837. He never visited his namesake peak in New Hampshire. In fact, it was likely not named for him until late in the nineteenth century. The reason is unknown. A map of the region, circa 1860, refers to it as “Mad River Peak.” Mount Osceola is the highest mountain in the Waterville Valley area, dominating the northwestern end of the valley.

There are two approaches to the summit, one from Tripoli Road in Thornton Gap and the other via the Greeley Pond Trail and East Osceola, a 4000-footer in its own right. The Greeley Ponds are a high-use area. In addition, there is a “chimney,” a non-technical vertical climb between the lower, tree-covered East Peak and the main summit of Osceola, making this route doubly un-dog-friendly. If the main peak of Osceola is your goal, the approach from the Tripoli Road is more direct and definitely preferable with a dog.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waterville Valley
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: White Mountain National Forest - White Mountain Gateway Visitor Center
Local Maps: USGS Mount Osceola
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Osceola Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/25/2013
0

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.


10/14/2011
1

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.


8/6/2011
0

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.


8/20/2009
1

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 :)


7/1/2009
0

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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