Spring Showers on the Osceola's

Date of Hike: 5/15/11

Mount Osceola Trail: 8.4 miles (3,000 elevation gain)
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Trip Report:
- I had no intentions on hiking this weekend at all...However on Saturday night I received a text from Alton wanting to know if I was up for a hike on Sunday.  Sunday's forecast was for a washout but I was sick of training at the gym, I wanted to break in my new boots, and wanted to see if this annoying soreness around my knee was anything to worry about so it was off to the Osceola's with Alton for a quick hike in the rain!
- On trail at 10am, Osceola 11:20ish, Osceola East Peak 11:55ish, finished 1:30pm. Temps in the mid 40's to low 50's, no wind, no views, drizzle until final descent off Osceola then rain showers.
- Alton is an "Uber-Athlete" having run in marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, etc., so we booked it up to the Mount Osceola trail and didn't stop until the summit to take a break and refuel.  I was also thrilled that my knee only felt uncomfortable for about one ten minute stretch and then was fine the rest of the day!
- The trail was wet and muddy until the around 3,800 feet where rotting snow and ice slowed us down a bit because we stubbornly didn't put on our microspikes.
- From Osceola over to East Osceola we put on our micro's and charged down into the col bypassing the chimney then headed up to the wooded no thrills summit of East Osceola.
- On the way back over to Osceola we went strait up the chimney, it was really wet but lots of fun.  After passing the chimney we just put our heads down and marched up to the summit of Osceola as the rain started to finally come down on us.
- The descent back to the car seemed to take forever (as it always does) and once again we were stubborn and didn't stop to put on dry layers so we were officially soaked to the bone and our fingers became tingly with some numbness.
- Back at the car we changed into dry clothes which took forever since our digits were numbed up pretty good.  What a weird feeling as my fingers felt so weak and weren't functioning right making the simplest tasks like tying shoes or buttoning buttons impossible!
- It was a freaky but cool ending to a great rainy day hike!

Pictures: Click here for all pictures

 Alton hiking up into the Chimney
 Mount Osceola Trail, the Chimney
Stopping to catch my breath!

2 comments:

  1. Nice report. Hiked these peaks last week...that rotting snow can be really difficult. Chimney was a lot of fun though - looks like you guys had a good time.
    Bravo.

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  2. Thanks, glad you liked the trip report! Osceola's is a fun little hike from either side and the Chimney is always a blast, just wish it were higher!

    Have fun hiking the 48, see you on the trails!

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