Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Crawford Path, Eisenhower Loop, Camel Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None of any significance 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: YOU GET A BLOW DOWN! YOU GET A BLOW DOWN! YOU GET A BLOW DOWN! Blow-downs abound on Davis Path. I don't know who maintains this section, but they will need a lot of help to get this clear when the snow melts (in July). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I brought Piper along for the trip, but I wouldn't recommend it for every dog. Make sure yours is hearty if you want to bring them out for this one. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: Davis Path, from as soon as it drops below treeline on the descent from Boott Spur toward Iso, is a disaster; I'm not using that term lightly. What started as 2' of unconsolidated snow that appeared out of nowhere quickly transitioned to 3' of post holed snow, both moose and human. Soon, the snow was deeper than that (4-6'+ in places). Then the blowdowns appeared. Davis is littered with blow downs of all sizes all the way to Isolation, making the trail very difficult to locate in some places and a pure pain in the butt in others. Big, small, enormous, and piles of multiple trees were everywhere.

Ryan and I followed two sets of tracks, one bare and one snow-shoed (turned out to be Sue), that weaved through the nastiness until we caught up to Sue about a quarter mile from the Iso West jct. We all had difficulty with the snow depth and solidity as well as the downed trees. From Iso East jct, the trail alternated between deep, rotten spring snow and mud pits.

Nothing else to really note other than Davis Path. Crawford is almost snow free, but the monorail picks up about .33 mile from summit of Pierce, with small patches between Pierce and Eisenhower. No snow or ice anywhere else. Lakes opens on Thursday.  
Name: Nate Weeks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-27 
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