Mount Osceola Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire

Distance5.1mi
Elevation Gain4,978ft
Trailhead Elevation2,282ft
Top4,319ft
Elevation Min/Max2268/4319ft
Elevation Start/End2282/2282ft

Mount Osceola Trail

Mount Osceola Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 2,282 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,978 feet. The Mt Osceola Trailhead (elevation 2,264 feet) parking is near the trailhead. Mount Osceola (elevation 4,314 feet) and East Peak (elevation 4,134 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Greeley Ponds Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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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." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
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"The hike up Mount Osceola from Tripoli Road may be the mellowest route up a 4,000-footer in the White Mountains. A spectacular mountain vista greets you at the summit." Read more
Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A steady ascent with some uneven trail surface to the site of a former fire tower and a dramatic cliff at the top of a 4,000-footer." Read more

Mount Osceola Trail Reviews

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6/25/2013
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.
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10/14/2011
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.
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8/6/2011
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.
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9/13/2009
Had a great hike here. Followed the loop trail in a counter-clockwise direction. There were some good intervals of ascents mixed with some level stretches to reach the northern side of the mountain at about 2miles. The hike up to the stunning view (NNW of Moat Mts and NConway area) from the ledges was moderate, nothing really technical. There were 3 or 4 more places with good views. The trail was marked well with yellow blazes the whole way, although in a few spots they were a bit worn. We saw sign of a recent passing of a moose. Heading down the southern side there was some slight spots with loose gravel and a good view of Mt Chocorua. Great day, only saw a few people as the summer season is over. The parking area at White Ledges has free parking for a few cars.
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8/20/2009
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 :)
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7/1/2009
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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6/9/2007
very pretty views on a nice day. The ascent is fairly short but you will still get a nice two hour workout. Good beginner hike.
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Trail Information

Grafton County
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Dog-friendly
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White Mountain National Forest
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USGS Mount Osceola Quad
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Dec 2018