Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhacks, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road is plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The main crossing at 3400 ish is solidly bridged. There is a minor whack to avoid the first unnecessary crossing. Lower on the Rocky Branch Trail there is nothing left, but its easy to avoid 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in great shape, 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No doggies today, boo 
Bugs: Snow fleas 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: My nalgene fell out of my pack somewhere from the engine hill bushwhack on Isolation Trail to the water crossing, likely its closer to the water crossing. It's teal (go figure). Slightly disfigured (dont microwave nalgenes, dont ask me how I know) and as a Pemi Public House sticker on it. If you find it I will pay you shipping to get it back to me!! 
Comments: Rocky Branch, Engine Hill Bushwhack, Isolation Express, Bushwhack, Davis Path, Mount Isolation spur

A type one and type two fun day! Snowshoes car to car. I am beyond thankful for Matt/Jim and Ashley for busting out Isolation! I tried to catch you, but no way I was catching someone who's stride is like nine feet. I will remark on trail conditions on the way out, because they are incredibly different then when I began! To the first ski junction, you can probably bare boot, but its iffy at best. Snowshoes are absolutely needed. From here to the height of land, noticible compaction has happened and its about 2" of mash potato with ice underneath. From here to Engine Hill turn off was in decent shape. Engine Hill Whack as it currently is broken is one of my favorite versions ever. It is a delightful mix of the glades and some scrappy wacking. There was an inversion going on, so from the Isolation/Engine Hill junction to Davis (via Isolation Express) was some of the worst sticky snowball snow I have ever encountered. Maddening. The ridge to the junction of Isolation Spur was much of the same due to the strong sun today, slow slog with every 15 steps having to clean off snowshoes. Summit has stunning views of the Pemi, the Presi's, Carrigain, Baldfaces, and more! Not a cloud in the sky (unfortunately for the snow, hah)

Dont be THAT hiker, you absolutely need your snowshoes.  
Name: The Teal Goat 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-25 
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