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.
|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|
|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 --
'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!