Sunday, May 31, 2015

Osceola and East Osceola. May 26, 2015

We were happy to get in another hike two days after we did Moosilauke.  Again, we're in the process of moving, so I am crunched for time -- we may not be able to hike again until next week.  We will, however, make sure we take a break in order to give back...National Trails Day is June 6 -- we will help with trail maintenance on that day.  Looking forward to it.

Here's our trip of the Osceolas, mostly in photos.  I had forgotten how many boulders and slabs are all over this particular trail.  We like that sort of thing, though -- it was a great hike.

Mt. Osceola Trail.  8.4 miles with 2950 feet of elevation gain (out-and-back from Tripoli Road).

Many of the photos are too bright...don't know why...sorry about that.

Starting out.



Entrance to popular bushwhack for the other two, trail-less Osceolas -
this is on a corner of the main trail, just a tenth of a mile
from the summit of Osceola's main peak,
it'll be on your left as you make a sharp right.

View from actual summit of main peak


Me on the summit of the main peak

The girls on the summit of the main peak

At the outlook




East Osceola from Osceola's main peak

Heading to East Osceola from Osceola


Steep!

East Osceola, straight ahead!

Entering the bypass, which is a steep alternative to
the extra-steep rock scramble known as the chimney.
The rocks were too wet for us to do the chimney,
which is why we opted for the bypass.

Max going down the bypass

Max went down the bypass like it was no big deal.
Our retractable leash extended just enough for him to make it down
without me having to be right there next to him.

Alex on her way down, checking out
possibilities for hand and foot placement


At the bottom of the bypass, looking up at the chimney

View from small outlook not far from East Osceola's summit

East Osceola's summit

On our way back to Osceola's main peak,
just before climbing the bypass

Here's a short video of the girls climbing back up the bypass --


video

'Twas another great walk in the woods.

Next time I type, it'll be from our new home (just a few miles away from our old home, and even closer to the mountains).

Happy hiking, everyone!

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