|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Isolation, NH|
||Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, November 7, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Decent number of vehicles, but still some spots remaining. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Crossing 5 was rock hoppable without any heroics. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are a disaster, in particular Isolation Trail (rock waterbars haven't been dug out since the Merv Griffin Show was still on; water just heads down the trail unmitigated) and Davis Path) lots of nasty mud pits). Cut out two annoying blowdowns on Isolation Trail. A few stepovers remain. |
|Lost and Found:
||Rocky Branch Trail was generally dry prior to the first height of land, though there were a lot of leaves covering up roots/rocks. Mud/water in the usual spots, including the height of land. No snow or ice encountered.|
Took the traditional entrance/herd path up to the Engine Hill glades, then freeformed it across. Some muck in the birch glades and a few tiny patches of snow (mostly gone in the afternoon), but otherwise fairly good going.
Isolation Trail was its usual disaster with long stretches of water running down the trail due to failed drainage. We were able to unclog one, so the step stones on the trail are now above the water.
Davis Path was its awful muddy self in places with the remnants of failed bog bridging scattered throughout. Disgusting.
Isolation Spur ledges were wet, but doable with care. Windy on the summit, but the seasonably warm temperatures made it nice.
Davis Path was very busy on the return trip around noontime.
No snow or ice of significance encountered. If I were to hike this route again during this stretch of warm weather, I would not carry my Microspikes.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.