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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Slide Peak, Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails
Trails: Glen Boulder Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur, Isolation Trail, bushwhack, Rocky Branch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gate is closed for the parking area serving Glen Boulder TH and Glen Ellis Falls. We parked in front of the gate. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily passable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some of this may be deceptive because of 2'+ of snow - but the wooded section of Glen Boulder trail between Glen Boulder and Slide Peak could do with a trim. Davis Path (from treeline to the Isolation Tr Jct.) is tough with many blowdowns. The trail was cleared after the devastation caused by Sandy but there seems to be a lot of new blowdowns now  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Challenging conditions for canines but Cinnilla handled it well. Most difficult sections were the snow section on Glen Boulder before treeline where there isn't much of a monorail (it is mostly footsteps and postholes - okay for humans but not so great for dogs) and some blowdown areas where the surrounding snow makes it difficult to get solid footing. Generally, plenty of water below tree-line but nothing above. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Georg, Cinnilla and I had a long day with plenty of difficulties. But the weather was just fantastic.

Georg and I barebooted - quite comfortably to below treeline on the Davis Path from thereon we used snowshoes all the way to logging road section of Rocky Branch. Barebooted the rest of the way. Light traction may be preferred in some sections but we didn't use the "spikes" today.
The wooded section between Glen Boulder and Slide Peak is basically face-slappers all the way - but the snow is firm.
Davis Path - from Glen Boulder to Isolation Jct. - was surprisingly rough. Lots of blowdowns and navigation was a challenge on the upper section where we could only follow the trail by looking for cut branches.
As a result we lost of enthusiasm for this trail, changed our plans and descended via Rocky Branch instead of going back up to descend via Glen Boulder.
For Isolation and Rocky Branch see Silverfox' report (5/7).
 
Name
Name: LongMark 
E-Mail
E-Mail: perfrost@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-05-08 
Link
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