Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhacks, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Mt. Isolation spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: only cars at Rocky Branch today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: many of the numerous smaller crossings on this route starting to open up..some high bankings. We skipped main crossings with herd paths, upper crossing on Isolation Trail had surprisingly low water today and was easy to cross 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: numerous blowdowns on the essentially unmaintained Isolation Trail. Paper sign remains for the summit spur 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: after a rough day out here last week it seemed a good day to give Isolation another go. Snow line had receded another 300 vertical or so and we put on snowshoes at the west end of the logging road prior to wilderness sign and left them on back to the same place. Lots of snow in places and the snowshoes provided traction and floatation both on the snow and through the wet and muddy spots. Perf footware choice today. A barebooter had been up in the last couple of days..he must have needed it pretty bad.. hundreds of holes including some deeeeep ones. Took a high route through the sometimes open glades. On again off again old monorail helped for long stretches as well. Route came out below the third crossing. Narrow rail in spots to the crossing 5 where i snowshoe rock hopped..the ladies switched to spikes. Snow depths increased greatly from there though the footing was good through Davis path to the summit spur. soft in the sunny spots. A little chilly on the summit but we lingered in the excellent views. Snow had softened greatly on descent anf thee was some sliding and snowshoe postholing. We stayed in the glades a little too far..missed the sloppy stuff near the beginning but ran into a band of thick stuff that dropped us right to the actual height of land. Great day out. thanks Valerie and Cynthia  
Name: silverfox 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-05-07 
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