|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Slide Peak, Mt. Isolation, NH|
||Glen Boulder Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur, Isolation Trail, Rocky Branch Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 20, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Rocky Branch Trailhead. Glen Ellis Falls parking area had more cars. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Soft monorail (lots of postholing into water) over streams and standing water on Isolation Trail until crossing of Rocky Branch begins.
Some crossings of Rocky Branch required shallow wading (possible that going up/downstream might have avoided this).
Wet trail in general until the last half of Rocky Branch Trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Many blowdowns below tree line on Davis Path. |
||Saw one dog. Water crossings on the Isolation Trail would be difficult. |
||Saw some flies in one area. Not really a bother. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lost the bottom third of my Black Diamond trekking pole on the Davis Path near Mt Isolation or the Isolation Trail. It has a snow basket attached. ||
||Route: Up Glen Boulder Trail to Davis Path, down Davis Path to Mt Isolation, N on Davis Path to Isolation Trail, Isolation Trail to Rocky Branch Trail, Rocky Branch Trail to trailhead several miles south of Glen Ellis parking area.|
Party: Three of us. Experienced group working on 48.
Time: Took us about 10 hours (8:30 to 6:30) for this 13.2 mile route. We had two cars.
Weather: Clear skies and perfect temperature. Light winds on exposed parts of Glen Boulder Trail. We ended the hike with waterlogged boots so the warm temperatures were important.
Glen Boulder Trail: Monorail with some postholing after Glen Boulder.
Davis Path: Monorail with more postholing than on Glen Boulder Trail most of the way to Isolation.
Isolation Trail: Lots of postholing into streams and standing water. Crossing of Rocky Branch with dry feet is probably possible if you search for a crossing. We already had wet feet so just went for it. Trail didn't seem to be marked but we followed foot prints/holes in the snow/a stream.
Rocky Branch Trail: No more postholing! Wet trail but avoidable if you use stepping stones. Beautiful flowers on the last half of the trail.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.