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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Three other vehicles physically distanced, which I maintained on my arrival at 1:00 pm. Only my vehicle remaining at 10:30 pm. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only crossing on Isolation Trail via Engine Hill bushwhack is rock hoppable with care. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blow downs easily maneuvered, but Isolation Trail and Davis Psth badly grown in, so essentially bushwhacks, especially with deep snowpack. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs
Bugs: None biting; yay! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N.A. 
 
Comments
Comments: Basically same conditions that Postal Patty reported from two days earlier. I followed her snowshoe tracks on the Engine Hill bushwhack and ageee that the route climbs way too high on the upper part. Moreover, it seems that the route may have been established by someone having problems following a GPS track, as there was continuous zigzagging up and down (PUD's), pushing through thick conifer stands with eye-poking, hat-grabbing dead branches, where clear corridors just below were ignored. This route took me 80 minutes in each direction, rather than the usual less than an hour. I never saw some others on snowshoes who hiked to Isolation earlier in the day, as they smartly chose a lower route for the bushwhack. The upper Isolation Trail and the 0.9-mile section of the Davis Path are becoming more like bushwhacks because of encroaching vegetation with each passing year. On a positive note, most of the blow downs were removed on the upper Isolation Trail near the designated camp sites.  
Name
Name: HFKA Dr D 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-15 
Link
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