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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails
Trails: Crawford Path, Mizpah Cutoff, Mt. Clinton Trail, Dry River Cutoff, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: On a couple of the river crossings, the trail continued not directly across the river, but about 50 feet up the river. Dry River was difficult to cross.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some scattered blowdowns. Landslides from erosion on Isolation Tr. Probably from Irene.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The path to Mizpah Hut was easy going. Barley noticeable pockets of ice. Going from Mizpah Hut to Davis Path, the trails were mostly well defined despite the lack of markers. But anywhere near rivers, the trails were much harder to follow due to landslides, erosion, blowdowns, etc. Mt Clinton Tr was easy to follow. Dry River Cutoff was easy to follow, but there were places of standing water and the amount of mud increased. The first 2 river crossings were easy to cross, but required looking for the trail on the other side of the river. Cairns of various sizes were constructed to assist in locating the trail. The crossing of Dry River was difficult. I almost turned around but I managed to rock hop across wet rocks after a few minutes of searching. Somebody else that day waded across. Hooking up with Isolation Tr, for a little while, it was tricky at times to follow the trail since everything was a mess. There were some cairns that helped, and in a couple of places, I did some educated guessing and found the trail. There were 4 washout's, but they were easy to deal with. Once you move away from the river, it gets easy again. Hooked up to the Davis Path, and dealt with areas of snow/ice on the way to Isolation. Managed to either carefully walk across it or go around it. Did not use my micropikes. From Mizpah Hut to Isolation, I made it in 3.25 hours. I made it back a little bit faster because I knew where all the crossings were and where to look. The Dry River area is a mess.  
Name
Name: ChrisH 
E-Mail
E-Mail: singularity84@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-22 
Link
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