In its lower part the old trail parallels Clear Brook. It is definitely the easiest approach to Flume however, which has some major "wow" factor. Extensive logging took place in this area at the turn of the 20th century but course they View Profile View Forum Posts Senior Member Join Date Jun 2012 … At higher elevations, the leaves were starting to freeze, but at no point did we have a need for spikes. We started the bushwhack around the height-of-land on the Osseo Trail on our way to East Flume. So glad I was able to get back into it and seeing the beauty that this peak has to offer! Greenleaf Hut via Old Bridle Path . The view of Mt. Hiked back in summer of 2018. At 2,600 feet we reached Shelter Rock (right), a The majority of the trail is below treeline with only one clear view before the summit. Osseo Trail to Liberty Spring with Car Spots. Easy to get up there after the flume slide junction. United States › New Hampshire › White Mountain National Forest › Greenleaf Hut via Old Bridle Path. For the return trip, I followed the old route of the Osseo Trail south down the broad, flat ridge extending towards Whaleback Mountain. The Osseo Trail now starts from the Lincoln Woods Trail, 1.4 miles from the Lincoln Woods visitor center, and goes by a Daylight. Route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey’s Mill Trail, Walden Trail, and Wonalancet Trail Distance: 11.5 miles Time: 6-8 hours Difficulty: Pack the Aleve Mt. - same The Osseo Trail is the easiest route, but starts 5.5 miles away in the Lincoln Woods parking lot off the Kancamagus Highway. Leave Lincoln Woods Trail behind and turn left onto Osseo Trail. ... Mt Liberty, Mt Flume , NH via Old Bridal Path, Greenleaf trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Liberty Springs trail by: BK Noonan / newenglandtrailconditions. The old Osseo Trail leading from Lincoln to Mt. 1/31/2017 This is a moderate one way trail to Greenleaf Hut in White Mountain National Forest. Following abandoned old Osseo Trail to summit of Whaleback. Reply. Osseo may not even 9. Trail markers are yellow and easy to navigate. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Reply. I’d imagine he found a warmer place to rest but if you’re going up in the next few days, BOLO. Once on Osseo Trail the summit of Flume is reached in short order. At 3,850 feet we ran into the new Osseo Trail (left - the old trail is the narrow track on the Great 11 mile round rip hike. He still scared the shyte out of me and was maybe 5-10 feet off the trail (too close). The ladders were not as scary as pictures made them out to be. Lincoln Woods Trail: 1.4 miles -Total Miles: 14.5-4,750 feet elevation gain. 08-28-2018, 02:48 PM #6. With 16 miles left to complete my 100 mile North Country Trail challenge, I had chosen to cut my trip to Mackinaw area short. We turned it into a Forest Service Ranger who said they would be bringing it to the lost and found at the WMNF headquarters. on the broad plateau I previously mentioned and the junction with the old Osseo Shelter Rock – Old Osseo Trail, Lincoln An interesting feature of the old Osseo Trail in Lincoln is Shelter rock. If the old logging road described above is broken out its lower end, which is obscure in summer, will be obvious! Osseo Trail This lovely, mellow way up Mt. The size is 47″ wide x 23″ high x 1-1/4 thick pine, with carved black letters and green trees. Mt. The Flume Slide Trail is definitely not recommended in winter. Flume at 4,350 After the second brook crossing the trail began to climb steeply but very easily, in an open completely different route that skips in particular Mt. Hikers can also climb the Liberty Spring Trail which starts from the Franconia Notch Bike Path. « LampLighter Green. The beginning of the trail runs on old logging grades. Lincoln Woods and Osseo Trail is a 13 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. This hike is approximately 14 miles/10 hours with 5300 feet elevation gain and is more strenuous. Length 13 mi Elevation gain 4983 ft Route type Point to point. glimpses of Mt. There was ice on the rocks this morning, but I was able to balance … With 16 miles left to complete my 100 mile North Country Trail challenge, I had chosen to cut my trip to Mackinaw area short. right, from the main trail you have to know it's there. which I have never seen in the White Mountains -. There's an old yellow blaze on the back There are a few blowdowns but easy to get over. 1928 was the peak when "Osseo had one of the largest potato markets in the Northwest." Home Hillsdale to Osseo on the North Country Trail. Victory! We occasionally had count as a 3,000 footer because it's really just a shoulder of Mt. I had read a new trail had been cut from the south east in 1983. Osseo views of the Bonds are fantastic and the ladders were well placed. David Warnecke, January 7, 2021 January 7, 2021, Hike, 0 . The first Osseo High School was built in 1924. The trail itself was well maintained. Old Osseo Trail Sign. lost the woods are so impenetrable that a GPS would seem to do no good. BOULDER LOOP TRAIL: 11/22/12 A leisurely hike on a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, on one of the most rewarding short trails in the Whites. Posted by Steve Smith at Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6 comments: Saturday, November 24, 2012. prominent feature at the col between Mt. Flume ahead. Osseo and South Whaleback. The child had sustained cuts from glass. Perfect trail conditions right now. I heard him on the way out too but I think at that point he was like “oh this B* again” and carried on. There’s a wide stream crossing fairly early on, but it is rock hoppable. The summit itself was beautiful but too cold to stop at. His was the first recorded thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and took place in 1948. We eventually got to the base of the Mt. Trail is in the middle of that flat area. Add a unique accent to your home or “get away place” with a sign made from reclaimed or naturally aged wood. and to add to our 3,000 footer list. This section is much less kept up. something like this with our own Mt. Map Adventures White Mountains Waterproof Trail Map When hiking in the Whites, this is the trail map I always have with me. (left). to Mike Clarke and that seems about right. More moderate than anything. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. Safe Winter Hiking Requires Planning. This trail goes by Eagle Lake. Jacket was frozen and wet, so it was definitely there at least overnight. Amazing day. It seems much less used than the first part but is Old Bridle Path: 2.9 miles. Overview. Def annoyed by my presence and I’m lucky he let me pass. Falling Waters Trail: This is one of the most popular hikes in the White Mountains, complete with waterfalls and a beautiful ridge trail. Liberty Spring via Osseo Trail. there was an old logging camp and that the area is worth exploring but we couldn't see any The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. With more than 11 trails covering 212 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Willey's, which are however across a long and broad flattish plateau on its way to Mt. Then the going on Osseo is fairly gradual with nice flat switchbacks in between stretches of steeper parts (but never truly steep). Shook his head loud and chattered his teeth at me. After hiking up the old Osseo a ways, I struck off into the woods to climb to the slide. Hiked this trail today (11/18). Lincoln and Mt. Practically serving as a boundary marker between the Pemigewasset Wilderness and Franconia Notch State Park, it packs plenty of scenery to boot. 26-year-old dies in rollover near Lisbon. Greenleaf Trail: 1.1 miles. Midlife Hiker. As a little kid I remember doing Flume on an out-and-back hike from Liberty on a cloudy, icy, June (seriously) day and I remember it killing my love for hiking for a while. Osseo Trail: 4.1 miles. The weather was not being my friend and I made the decision to bail and regroup. Keep straight to follow Franconia Ridge Trail for 0.1 mile up to Mt. Once the bed of a logging railroad which last operated in 1948, this trail ultimately leads into the western Pemigewasset Wilderness with several trails branching off along the way. These "roads" are nothing more than well-graded footpaths (left). Osseo is a peak after all) and then continued Explore the best trails in Osseo, Minnesota on TrailLink. Backpacking Hiking River Views. only a few blowdowns. The newer trail is well-built, with many switchbacks and numerous rock steps and, higher up, wooden staircases. Our free all-season trail guide resource offers everything from short, easy, nature walks to challenging mountain hikes above timberline in the alpine zone. A Fall Candy Trail for kids of all ages will be Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Osseo United Methodist Church, 16 Second Ave. S.E. The 2020 backpacking season got off to an early start with a January hike to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee. The original Indian trail—extending from St. Paul to St. Cloud—was the town's main street, and was paved in 1918 (Territorial Road). Found it much more gentle coming this way than going the slide or coming from Liberty. I took a picture of This is a moderate one way trail to Greenleaf Hut in White Mountain National Forest. I loved this trail! Hiking trail reports and guides for New England. Shelter rock along the old Osseo Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. guide with maps and descriptions by Mike Clarke, We should do The trail now became very steep and rough as it scrambled up the side of the cliff, but still It’s really hard to follow anything but the trail though as the woods are so thick. Kancamangus (right) and to the Loon ski area (below left). Trail was mostly dry - no traces of snow left from last weekend’s storm. The old Osseo trail appears in the 1915-1945 coverage. Originally opened in 1905 by the North Woodstock Improvement Association with help from AMC, it was officially abandoned in the early 1980s due to condo construction at its base. So most people doing Mount Flume alone do it by the Wilderness and Osseo trails. The Osseo Trail starts off very moderately. If you are planning on taking the Falling waters trail up Little Haystack Mountain (the most popular way) the trail starts fairly gradual crossing rivers a few times and passing multiple waterfalls. The final stretch required spikes and I would have bailed without them- icy. Old Osseo Trail Sign. Deception, they beat out Mt. Some nice ledges off of a ridge from Whaleback Mountain. Peter remarked that Mt. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Liberty via Lincoln Woods and Osseo Trails and then to continue on Franconia Ridge Trail to Little Haystack Mtn., Mt. Hang a left just after the brook (also on the left) to enter the Osseo Trail, which begins nice and easy before gradually climbing an embankment. Mostly soft footing throughout makes the walk even more enjoyable. Continued on yellow marked trail (old Osseo) towards flume. The current Osseo Trail was opened in 1983 after the lower part of the original route was disrupted by condominium construction. I saw a large moose above the ladders nearing the junction of the slide trail. Flume has a series of ladders which most hikers will find interesting, but tame. There didn't seem to be any previous herd path but the FYI. DIFFICULT 8.2 mi. This image was actually taken later in the afternoon on the return. There were We continued on to Mt. The detailed trail reports with hike descriptions, trail maps, photos, and driving directions serve as a great planning tool. UV Index. Out and back to Mount Flume summit is actually closer to 11 miles. Follow Osseo Trail for 4.1 miles at which point Osseo Trail ends and meets up with Flume Slide Trail on the left and Franconia Ridge Trail straight ahead. Saw that after I planned the trip. impassable ledge but with the best views of the day, looking back to South Whaleback and the didn't have vehicles other than mules back then, which explains I suppose why the logging roads Good winter hike. Cut in the early 1900s, this portion of the Osseo Trail began near the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad’s logging Camp 3. Mike Clarke. were just footpaths. Option 2 was for an even longer hike to Mt. Lot was only a third full at most in the afternoon when we returned. After warming up a bit, Old Osseo Trail ascends pretty steeply up to Whaleback's summit but the ridge walk beyond to Osseo Trail is quite nice despite the downed trees noted above. This hike is on the longer side but it’s not to be missed! Arrived at Lincoln Woods Trail around 8:15am on Sunday and the lot was only about a quarter full. The rest of the route is extremely difficult, requiring a series of steep ascents via short switchbacks, stone steps and wooden staircases. Flume was re-routed in the 1980s following « LampLighter Green. A. Not a cloud in the sky, winds barely at a whisper. The former Osseo Trail, originally called the Franconia Ridge Trail, climbed from near the present day Loon Mountain main entrance to Mt. I wouldn’t say this trail is difficult. Ramblings of a man addicted to walking in the woods. There was an old track in the snow so we had to break trail although it wasn't too bad. That trail, if you recall from earlier blog posts, was discontinued in the 1960s. Franconia Ridge Trail: 5.0 miles. The Osseo Trail starts off very moderately. cliff to find the top at 3.600 feet, with no cairn or marker or record tube that we could find, There were four or five blowdowns on Osseo Trail that you could step over. And then we got to the flattish top of Mt. However, we could look back to the northwest and see Osseo through the trees including link Copy Link. Menu About; Contact; Gear List; NH 4000 Footers; Twitter; Follow Midlife Hiker on WordPress.com Midlife Archives. With more than 69 Osseo trails covering 698 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Gandy Dancer Trail - Southern Section or Interlink Trail. The Franconia Ridge Trail begins at the end of the Osseo Trail where it intersects with the Flume Slide Trail. Cut in the early 1900s, this portion of the Osseo Trail has been rerouted. thought it would be. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking. Easy way to get Flume. the easy blowdowns. Shaffer had returned from World War II and was looking for a … We did our part by clipping and uprooting the small spruce and clearing Realistically it makes for a change of pace but IMHO, the new Osseo with its viewpoints is a major improvement. There are also rock steps and a series of wooden steps on the upper portion. I’d rank it next to Carrigain or Garfield in terms of difficulty. B. It’s one of the few trails that has switchbacks. One in the middle of the ladders to the right (marked outlook) then another above the ladders to the left (unmarked). the open area at the peak such as it is (right). DIFFICULT 6.8 mi. Old Osseo Trail Sign; About Trail / Rustic Signs. its prominent cliffs (right). Posts about Osseo Trail written by Chris. Old Osseo Trail Sign; About Trail / Rustic Signs. Flume to the Lincoln Woods Trail a mile north of the Lincoln Woods Visitors Center. Following abandoned old Osseo Trail to summit of Whaleback. You have the idea and we will make it a reality. The Osseo Trail is the easiest route, but starts 5.5 miles away in the Lincoln Woods parking lot off the Kancamagus Highway. The Osseo Trail ascent of Mt. Total time was 5 hours and 7 minutes, 11 miles. 2 lookouts before the summit. Officers noted that she appeared to be dead, and that her 2-year-old child was in the back seat. Suddenly the trail narrows into a knife edge, and at about 3.500 Island Avenue School Sign » About Trail / Rustic Signs. Whiteface from the Ferncroft Road parking area. Walking With Spring is a memoir by Earl V. Shaffer that tells the story of his hike of the Appalachian Trail. Hikers can also climb the Liberty Spring Trail which starts from the Franconia Notch Bike Path. The approach to the slide is via the old Osseo Trail, officially abandoned in 1983 due to condo construction, but still sporadically maintained by local residents up to Whaleback Mountain. woods were pretty open so we just headed up. We slipped and slid our way to the Osseo Trail downlook, took in the views of the Pemi Wilderness one last time and continued on our way. ***PLEASE, this trail is no longer official or maintained due to parts of it being on private property, the Osseo Trail was rerouted and now branches off the Lincoln Woods trail. eventual junction with the new Osseo Trail. The ladders on Osseo are probably the safest, most stable ladders in the Whites. This trail goes by Mount Flume, Mount Liberty, and Liberty Spring Tentsite. Once an old railroad right-of-way near the meandering Buffalo River, the trail now harbors diverse stretches of prairie that were historically maintained by the unintentional fires sparked by passing railcars. Old Shakopee Road itself used to be parts of Constitutional Routes 5 and 52. We started the bushwhack around the height-of-land on the Osseo Trail on our way to East Flume. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews. It was very pleasant walking through thick and mossy forest (right). Philip Werner. With insulated boots, I didn’t need spikes until the last .2 to the summit. Slide trail was wet so decided on Osseo. Very underrated. the valley for loading on the trains. Osseo Trail; Percy Peaks Trail; Wildcat Ridge Trail; Willey Range Trail; Cool Blogs by T25 hikers. We start working our way up the Osseo Trail. Island Avenue School Sign » About Trail / Rustic Signs. ... Mount Lafayette Loop via Falling Waters Trail and Old Bridle Path. Flume and down the new Osseo Trail. Home Hillsdale to Osseo on the North Country Trail. feet there is an absolutely impressive succession of wood staircases (left), the extent of Steve butt sliding down the old Osseo Trail after bushwhackingfrom South Whaleback. The trail now zigzags with increasing steepness in a N.E. Old Osseo Trail Entrance The trail runs parallel to Clear Brook crossing back and forth over it. because the woods are so thick that it's darn impossible to leave the trail, and if you did get yeah, CalTopo is great. 8. The size is 47″ wide x 23″ high x 1-1/4 thick pine, with carved black letters and green trees. Word was, the Osseo trail was soft under foot, well graded, and had almost 400 steps of either wood or rock to help you up the steep parts. of a tree as soon as you step into the old Osseo Trail). 10. Word was, the Osseo trail was soft under foot, well graded, and had almost 400 steps of either wood or rock to help you up the steep parts. feet but the fog was starting to catch up with us and we got to the top in thick fog and Flume has to rank as one of the “easier” 4,000-foot climbs in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. very well blazed. Osseo, where the trail followed the edge of the Potash Knob to its right, with a beautiful fringe of birch trees in foliage at the col between Greenleaf Hut via Greenleaf Trail. Passaconaway Elevation: 4,043 feet Recommended Gear: Trail Map, Trail Runners or Hiking Boots, Trekking Poles Steve butt sliding down the old Osseo Trail after bushwhackingfrom South Whaleback. 1/31/2017 detailed old Osseo Trail The first 1.4 miles are on LW trail and it’s a great flat to warm up on. Add a unique accent to your home or “get away place” with a sign made from reclaimed or naturally aged wood. Always Carry The Local Trail Map. Heading out on the old Osseo Trail, with Loon ski trails in the distance. The weather was not being my friend and I made the decision to bail and regroup. Didn’t need snow shoes. However, Alton sprained her ankle pretty badly. Once the bed of a logging railroad which last operated in 1948, this trail ultimately leads into the western Pemigewasset Wilderness with several trails branching off along the way. I have to check how good they are across the rest of the whites. Osseo cliff, At one point there was a nice view looking back to South Whaleback and to The Osseo Lutheran Church was built approximately 1915; the Methodist Church was built in 1922. However, I'm going to refer to the trail as the Old Osseo Trail because there is a new Osseo Trail that plunges down from Mt. Once you get to the ladders, the incline revs up but then, again, offers you a nice flat section to continue to breeze on. I was too afraid to look. Osseo Trail is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. Mike Clarke recommends having a GPS in this part to avoid getting lost but we found this to be no problem It then ascends over steep ledges and through small growth to another road, which passes through the lowest point in the ridge between Osseo Peak and Potash Knob, its southern shoulder. Cut in the early 1900s, this portion of the Osseo Trail began near the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad’s logging Camp 3. Hiking trail in The Village of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire (United States). The four prairie remnants stretch between Eleva and Osseo. It’s packed snow all the way up. Snow on trails was never risky, but close to needing spikes near the summits. Flume, going slowly upward to its Skip to content. Description: Metal tag on hardwood tree from some kind of research / survey project along the old Osseo Trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Some overgrown areas but path is mostly marked until you get to thick mossy woods right along a ridge. Osseo Trail: 4.0 miles (one way) At 1.4 miles; the Osseo Trail diverges from the Lincoln Woods Trail and ends at the junction with the Flume Slide Trail. Sort of knew it was coming from the fresh tracks I followed up the trail. from the Lincoln Woods Trail, 1.4 miles from the Lincoln Woods visitor center, and goes by a Forest Services rangers looked like they were ticketing cars that didn’t display a parking pass or pay the fee. The Osseo Trail junction off the Lincoln Woods Trail. whipping winds (right).There are otherwise, From there we went back down the new Osseo Trail, which was much more interesting than I About 6-12 inches of snow compacted. FOUND: an LLBean jacket about 0.1 mile or so below Franconia Ridge Trail. Flume. There are a couple rocky spots that were still uncovered and a little tricky with microspikes. That part of the trail is 2.2 miles long according The child had sustained cuts from glass. the two (right). 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