Summary: Park in Tripoli Rd and climb north. The first couple of miles of trail will be rather easy, then it becomes moderately steep. Just before reaching Osceola you will the trail splits, keep on the right (unless you want to do the West Peak as well). The views from Osceola allow you to see the Lincoln area. There is no lookout tower, as mentioned on map, but the foundation still remains. Once you enjoy the summit, continue north on the trail. You will have the opportunity to go through a very steep area and a chimney, and then a rather easy valley towards the East Peak. The east peak is marked by a big cairn, but there aren't many views from there. To return to your car, just retrace your steps.
Trailhead: Tripoli Road, Exit 31, off I-93. Little less than 6.5 miles into Tripoli Rd you will find the trailhead on the north part of the Rd. There is parking space for about 20 cars.
Please remember to bring money. This is a parking fee area. Last year it was $3 per day per car.
Trail Guides for Osceola - Southern Approach:
White mountain guide 27th edition
by Gene Daniell and Jon Burroughs (AMC) (AMC)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Saco Ranger District, Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5448
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jose Anes, who has posted 25 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by kpmmbm on 12/4/2008
Nov 2008 A few days of rain followed by sub zero temps for 4-5 days made for a lot of ice on the upper elevations of this trail. Cloudy day so no views to speak of, still an enjoyable hike. Approx 5 hour round trip to Osceola from Tripoli Road
Reviewed by Sharon on 9/4/2007
Nice, varied hike. Note that Tripoli Road (dirt) is closed Nov. - March.
Reviewed by Buck on 3/10/2006
A great hike for fall. Bugs in the summer make this hike a bit of a chore. I did it in fall and found the hike to be challenging but well within my ability level. If you're planning on knocking out all 48 4Ks of the Whites, this should be at the top of your list.
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