Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Stairs Col Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: You can't park at the end of Jericho/Jenks Hill Rd. The road is blocked off by a gate but there is a widened area before it so you can park there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were rock hopped with minimal deviation from the trail. Wading wouldn't be bad; the water level isn't too high. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Quite a bit of downed trees and the trail has been completely wiped out by the river in certain areas. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Insects are starting to come but none that bight. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The road closure, due to some serious erosion, adds a little less than two miles to the trip. The bridge is destroyed to go over the river right after the end of the road so if you can't hop onto it you will need to cross the river right from the start. We did a loop camping at Stairs Mtn. and Rocky Branch Shelter #2 (although we never found the shelter). The trail is in good condition up to and a little past Stairs Mtn. but, at some point during Davis path there starts to be significant snow and areas with lots of downed trees. On Isolation trail there is mostly stable monorail with sections of unstable monorail. On both Isolation trail and Rocky Branch trail there are areas that have been completely wiped out by the river. The combination of sections with densely packed with downed trees, areas with significant snow, and sections of trail wiped out by the river makes this hike challenging navigation wise. I would not recommend this hike to anyone who does not have a GPS or GPS watch with the trail downloaded on it. My GPS watch was used multiple times to find the trail and make sure we were going in the right direction.  
Name: B.H. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-05-18 
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