|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Slide Peak, Mt. Isolation, NH|
||Glen Boulder Trail, Davis Path, bushwhack, Isolation Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, April 14, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot still gated but parking is available along the road to the gate. Both are clear of snow. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily crossed with rock hops. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||An upper part of Glen Boulder and more than half of Davis were unmarked by blazes and overgrown to the point that there was no visible trail but a set of footprints from a previous hiker. Those tracks disappeared before the summit and it became a bushwhack through deep, sticky spring snow. |
|Lost and Found:
||Snowshoes are a definite must! They came on and off and on and off, which slowed me down and took forever, but it was necessary. In the exposed places, there are stretches that are bare of snow, but in the trees and shrubs, the snow is at least four feet deep still. I fell through once and went back to snowshoes on, snowshoes off. It's better than post-holing every other step into wet, sticky snow mush. |
I passed one family on the way up to Glen Boulder, but they were struggling with the transition from trees to rock scramble and I'm not sure they ever made it onto the exposed plane. Other than them, I had the trail to myself.
The view from the ridge, just 1.5-ish miles from Mt. WA, was stunning! The views of Mt. WA from Mt. Iso and some lookout spots on the way there weren't too bad, either. The snow was deep for pretty much all of Davis Path (snowshoes all the way), and there was zero trail maintenance (I think it was left alone most of the summer because of COVID, and it isn't that popular of a hike from my understanding). I got all scraped up on my bare forearms and shins from the shrubs, trees, and general brush, so you might want long sleeves (it wasn't really cold enough to need them, though, so I left them in my pack). If you do hike Mt. Iso, please bring a detailed map so you don't get lost, and I hope the trail I left isn't too far off the mark! I'm almost positive I found the summit (the elevation was right and it matched my map), but I might not've found the best way to get there.
Back at the lot, I popped over to Glen Ellis Falls, which is beautiful and well-worth the walk (it's less than 15 minutes and flat except for the stairs). A beautiful end to a great day!
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