Updated: Apr 28, 2020
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Mt. Osceola was the last 4,000 footer i hiked up before winter. I wanted to get at least one more in before the snow flies. This hike was pretty easy in comparison to many other 4,000 footers i have hiked so far.
This was another one of my solo hikes, but i didn't mind. In fact i actually enjoyed the solitude, allowing me to get in touch with my own thoughts and listen to the sounds of nature around me. When I first started driving up to the trail head i did get a little nervous as i noticed many warnings about bears. Being that it was fall i knew bears would be foraging before winter. However, i never ended up seeing a bear or any sign of one. Upon reaching the parking area for the trail head there was a $5 parking fee. Luckily i had exactly $5 cash on me. After leaving my parking fee i set off on the trail. It was a beautiful day to start, but ended up clouding up by the time i reached the summit. The trail was a bit rocky, but i didn't mind. Towards the top it was pretty muddy in some spots but was easy to navigate over.
"The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters." - Conrad Anker
After reaching the top i found cement footings where an old fire tower must have once sat. Unfortunately, I didn't have much of a view, the clouds had swept in and I was left in the fog. It was a little disappointing, but i still enjoyed the hike very much. It was interesting as I sat at the summit I could hear a helicopter flying around. It was so loud it seemed like it was going to land right where i was sitting, but it never did.
After taking a nice break, eating a snack and listening to the helicopter fly around for a while i decided to head back down. As i got out of the clouds i was back in the sunshine again. I noticed all the bright autumn leaves littering the ground and the sounds of birds and chipmunks rummaging around in the crisp leaves. Even though i didn't have the best view it was still a great hike.
Mt. Osceola was named after Seminole Indian Chief, but no one really knows why because the chief never came near the White Mountains.
Elevation Gain: 2,087 ft
Location: Livermore, N.H. White Mountain National Forest
Distance: 6.5 miles
Time Frame: 3-6 hours
"Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up." - Tyler Knott
Other Useful Info:
Some of the information I have provided and more information on this hike is available in this book i use frequently "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains".
Another book I reference often and have found very useful is "The 4000-footers of the White Mountains".