- Driving Distance: 73 miles
- Hiking Distance: 6.4 miles, 8.4 if you go to East Peak
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
Take 91 North from Hanover, get off at Exit 15 toward US-5/Fairlee/Orford. Turn right onto Lake Morey Rd. Left on US-5. Turn right onto Bridge St./VT-25A and into NH. Turn right onto NH Route 10/NH-25A. Turn left onto NH-25A/Bakers Pond Rd. Turn right onto NH-118/NH-25/Mt. Moosilauke Hwy. Enter roundabout and take 2nd exit onto NH-25 E/NH-3A N/Tenney Mountain Hwy. Merge onto I-93 N. Take exit 31/Tripoli Rd toward RT-175. Turn right onto Tripoli Rd. This is a seasonal dirt road and is closed in the winter. Follow Tripoli Rd until you get to a parking area on the left for Mount Osceola Trail. This is a few miles in and after Russel Pond Campground, Mack Brook, and East Pond Trail, which are all on the left.
The trail leaves Tripoli Rd and climbs moderately. Most of the trail is quite rocky. At 1.3 miles it begins to climb by switchbacks and at 2.3 miles crosses a small brook (unreliable) on a log bridge. Continuing along switchbacks, the trail reaches the summit ledge at 3.2 miles. The summit (4340 feet) is an open flat rock slab area with a cliff looking east toward the Tripyramids and Waterville Valley. Views from here are EXCELLENT especially on a clear day. Ideal lunch location.
East Peak: Continue on the trail (to the left if you are looking out from the cliff), which descends from the summit. Parts of this trail are very steep and rocky, but only for short distances. The trail will appear to split at the steepest part. Take the left (north) path to avoid a steep chimney (on the right). The trail crosses the pass at 3.8 miles and then continues upward with a few moderately steep pitches eventually reaching the summit (4156 feet) at 4.2 miles. The summit is marked by a cairn on the left side of the trail. Views from here aren't as outstanding as on Osceola, but still definitely worth making the summit.
White Mountain Guide
Advice & Anecdotes
Don't let the unreliable small brook keep you from planning this hike. We were able to pass it without a problem at the end of May even after a few days of rain. Plan so you have time to chill at the summit of Osceola...you'll definitely want to spend some time there especially if it is a clear day. This hike is great because it doesn't take much to get to the top and once you get there the reward is awesome. So for everyone who doesn't want to spend a ton of time hiking, but desires those sick views, this trip is for you.