HIKES & EVENTS
East Peak Osceola Trail Work Hike
DATE: Jun 15, 2019
END DATE: Jun 15, 2019
Hike/Event Location: Lincoln NH
Thornton, NH United States,
Thornton, NH United States
Meeting Time: 9:30 AM
Max # People: 15
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
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FUN trail work hike as we finish part two of trail maintenance on this 4,000 footer followed by a BBQ at the Mad River Lodge! GayOutdoors Trail Maintenance Weekend is a weekend of camaraderie and fun mixed in with outdoor work as we get the East Peak of Mt. Osceola Trail ready for the Summer Season!
Flat topped East Osceola at 4,156 feet is one of the White Mountains' least distinguishable peaks but when adding trail maintenance work, it makes its more exciting! The hike includes a very steep half-mile climb. There are fine views on the ascent from the upper portion of the slide and from a side path once we reach the ridge. We will also perform trail maintenance on the ridge between East Osceola and Mount Osceola.
We are fortunate to be part of a club of gay men that has the opportunity to go hiking regularly to take in the beauty of the White Mountains. Now we have the opportunity to be a part of doing something to give back to the hiking community, while working on something we love...hiking trails...and helping make them a place where both ourselves and others can enjoy. We are looking forward to fun, hard work, comraderie, new skills and friendships!
At the end of the day we will return back to the Mad River Lodge to enjoy the comraderie, chatter and gossip! Showers our available with towels so everyone can clean up. Bring a change of clean clothing. We first start off on our outdoor deck with appetizers and cold drinks. Please bring your own beer/wine…we do not provide beverages. We’ll then cook up Trail Crew BBQ feast worth working for! We ask $10 to our food costs.
You don't have to be an expert to help and we can easily train you. All tools are provided. The work itself, clipping brush, cleaning out waterbars, and clearing small to medium blowdowns, is fairly easy. But keep mind you will be hiking up a mountain and working at the same time. It involves hiking 5.6 miles, climbing 2,216 feet and lots of bending up/down to clip brush.
What to wear/bring: Wear clothing suitable for the hike in layers...no cotton or blue jeans. Bring work gloves. Have a rain jacket in the event of inclement weather. Bring along plenty of water (at least 2 liters), lunch, snacks and anything else you may require for a day hike. Contact us if you have any questions.
Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday nights. It's $25 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday that includes dinner or $60 for the weekend. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
Take Exit 32 off I-93 and drive through Lincoln onto the Kancamagus Highway past Otter Rocks Rest Area and the forest service's trail sign for East Pond on your right. Don't turn off at the sign for the Greeley Ponds Cross-Country Ski Trail. Continue on to the next sign on your right, for the Greeley Ponds Trail parking. The distance from the exit to the parking area is 10.3 miles. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.