|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Isolation, Slide Peak, NH|
||Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur, Glen Boulder Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, November 8, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||plenty of space at Pinkham and RB lot |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||river crossings manageable with rock hopping; poles for support desirable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||not great--major mud along upper rocky branch, bog bridges in poor shape if present.
Glen Boulder very tight in mid section due to dense balsams. difficult to follow by headlight |
||Willow is the best at trail finding and making tricky sections seem easy. |
|Lost and Found:
||As noted by others, Rocky Branch is a muddy mess-even with waterproof boots; possible to make progress but slower than usual. Same for sections of Davis Path.|
Glen Boulder has very dense balsams in mid section, but steep sections (most of trail) require much deliberate care, especially for older knees. We descended much of this trail under headlight, and could only make tentative slow progress ( only did this to avois repeat of messy Rocky Branch). Recommend not doing this trail if icy, or in the dark (we only did so to avoid RB mess).
Only bonus was a nice sunset from above tree line.
Kestrel data: Iso: T=57F W=10mph Glen Boulder/Davis path junction: T=46F W=31mph
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.