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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: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at the lot off of NH16. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The last crossing of Rocky Branch is still solidly snowbridged.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One tree across the trail where it coincides with the ski trail. Easy to walk around. The rest of the trails are in relatively good shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine trail for hiking dogs. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I started in light traction as did most others. The trail was becoming a rototiled mess after about a mile so I switched to snowshoes which were much more efficient. Fortunately most others switched to snowshoes along the bushwhack or for the descent so things should be smoothed out. With the warm temps the base is not firm and you will posthole and till up the trail.

The Engine Hill whack ran much lower than normal and hits a pretty thick section but gets the job done. There was no sign of recent traffic on Davis Path heading north (to Glenn Boulder) or south (to Mt Davis) other that the mile stretch to Isolation. It was nice to hike in short sleeves but the sticky snow made me burn a few more calories than I wanted.

~13 mi. 3300' elev+  
Name
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-17 
Link
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