|Hike Name:||White Mountain National Forest - Osgood Campsite|
|Directions:||PARKING – NORTH TRAILHEAD: (Mount Washington) - From Boston Metro-West, Nashua & Manchester, NH take I-93 North through Franconia Notch to Rt. 3 North. Follow to Rt. 115 in Twin Mountain, NH. Then take Rt. 115 to Rt. 2 in Jefferson, NH, follow Rt. 2 East to Rt. 16 and then follow Rt. 16 eight miles South out of Gorham, NH to the Mt. Washington Auto Road. It’s just over seven miles to the summit.
PARKING – SOUTH TRAILHEAD: (Dolly Copp Campground) - Continue past the Mt. Washington Auto Road for a few miles to a turnoff for Dolly Copp Road. Turn left and go 0.5 miles to the campground . Dolly Copp Campground is located six miles south of Gorham, New Hampshire.
|Total Hike Distance:||7.80 miles|
|Hike Type:||One-Way, Shuttle Hike|
|Hike Starts:||Mt. Washington|
|Hike Ends:||NH 16|
|Trails Used:||Great Gulf Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||Streams|
|Management:||U.S. Forest Service|
|Contact Information:||White Mountain National Forest
P.O. Box 638
Laconia, New Hampshire 03247
|Best Season:||Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||The Park Ranger warned us that the Great Gulf Trail was particularly difficult in wet and foggy weather, and he was 100% correct (especially the section between 4500 and 6200 feet). However, the clouds broke for us occasionally and the views were spectacular above 4900 feet. There’s a variety of alpine zones on the 7.8 mile hike including tundra, fir and hardwood climates. Two waterfalls drop right next to the trail, which make for nice areas to rest your screaming quads and calves. The 5000 foot descent (or ascent if you choose to hike up the mountain) will make you feel like you completed a marathon when you finish this hike.|