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Distance:
6.0 Miles / 9.7 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Hard
Time to Hike:
3 hours
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
White Mountain National Forest
Town:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Directions:
43.983314, -71.55883
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Added:
January 02, 2020
Updated:
January 16, 2020

The Mount Osceola Trail at the White Mountain National Forest near Lincoln, New Hampshire is a moderate-to-difficult 6-mile out-and-back trail up to a beautiful vista point atop Mount Osceola's summit.

In my experience, this is probably one of the easiest 4,000-foot peaks in the White Mountains; however, inexperienced hikers may find this mountain a challenge due to the 2,000-foot elevation change. Experienced hikers may find this trail to be moderate instead of difficult. The trail is fairly steady going up with a consistent elevation grade and it's easy to follow.

The summit offers great views, with the option to continue on to East Osceola if you want to cross another 4,000-foot peak off your list. I saw lots of dogs and older children on the trail, and I would say this hike is suitable for both - unlike some of the other trails in the White Mountains.

Vista
Once at the top of Mount Osceola, hikers have a view of Mount Tripyramid (north, middle, south peaks), The Sleepers, Scaur Peak, and Waterville Valley below. There are several other vista points along the trail that give hikers stunning views of the White Mountains and neighboring valleys.

Parking
There is a moderate-sized parking lot at the coordinates provided; however, hikers will find the parking lot is generally full during the busy seasons - Summer and Autumn. Hikers should plan to show up early if they want a space in the parking lot, otherwise, plan to park along the street. Parking along the street may add an additional 0.5-miles to your hike, depending on how many hikers are on the trail.

Fees
There is a $5 fee at the parking area.

Road Closed for Winter
The road to access this trailhead is closed during the winter months due to snow.

Explore 9 trails near Lincoln, NH
  1. Parking

    43.983314, -71.55883
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.983491, -71.558814
  3. View from the trail heading up Mount Osceola

    43.99893, -71.54037
    View from the trail heading up Mount Osceola
  4. Vista point

    44.001784, -71.535231
    Vista point
  5. Vista point

    44.000423, -71.539515
    Vista point
  6. Close to the Summit of Mount Osceola

    44.001716, -71.535204
    Close to the Summit of Mount Osceola
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Hazards

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2,038 '

Total Change
2,070 '

Ascent
2,050 '

Descent

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1 Trip Report

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Write-up by:
nikkiseeseverything user profile picture
6.0 miles / 9.7 km
Trail added
January 02, 2020
Hiked on
October 13, 2019
Updated on
January 16, 2020

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