Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Clear and truck with someone sleeping when I arrived. One car when I got back. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Managed yesterday with strategic rock stepping, including submerged rocks, so thanks, waterproof boots! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many leaners, but could be due to heavy snow burden. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was a difficult hike for many reasons. See all the other comments about bare ground at the start, but then...

Tons of snow up higher. There was the occasional track, but I find it hard to believe that someone has been out to Iso lately.

The Engine Hill BW is really high, but I avoided many sink holes/open water, etc, AND it comes out almost by the one necessary water crossing. By the time I came back, most of my tracks had already been filled with blowing snow, so my meandering path will soon disappear anyway.

The Rocky Branch trail from the water crossing to the Davis Path is like a trough with both standing and running water. I managed to trudge alongside it, thanks to a (mostly) supportive crust. But this crust would let loose occasionally making my progress look like that of a drunk.

Davis Path all snow/ice and easy to follow.

I was so exhausted by the time I got home last evening, I didn't even have enough energy to write this report.  
Name: postal patty 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-13 
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