Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Osgood trail is a an official Allegany State Park trail. It is only 2.5 miles long but it is a steady climb of 600 feet over the first 1.25 miles, then a steady decent for the remaining 1.25 miles. This hike adds a 1/2 mile round trip easy bushwhack to the pipeline clearing where one can see some good views in the fall. The total hike will be 3 miles.
The trailhead and parking area is at the entrance to the McIntosh Cabins road off ASP 2 (on the opposite of Red House Lake from the Park Administration Building.)
When you reach the top of the hill the trail will turn to you left and start heading down hill. At the highest point look to your right (northeast) and proceed off-trail down the gentle slope 1/4 mile until you reach the pipeline clearing. Then walk a few hundred yards in either direction along the pipeline clearing for some good fall views (from Fall to early spring.) Be sure to bring a map and compass or GPS with you to be certain you can get back to the trail from the pipeline.
The Trailhead signage:
Elevation Profile (Round Trip)