|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Isolation, NH|
||Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhack, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 17, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot was plowed at 6:00, only two vehicles in the lot which were ours. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The single crossing of Rocky Branch was easy this morning. Water was low enough feet stayed dry. Very likley this can change over the next few days. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several blow downs on Rocky Branch Trail up before the start of the bushwhack, all smaller and easy to get around. A couple larger ones blocking Isolation Trail after the water crossing, right among the field of leaners. |
||No dogs or people seen today. Lots of water for dogs to drink and play in though. |
|Lost and Found:
||Yesterday's storm brought some winter back to the Whites, don't put the snowshoes away yet.|
Rocky Branch Trail to shortly before the wilderness sign was coated with about 3-8 inches of fresh, wet snow over the previously bare trail. From there you can feel the monorail began to appear under the recent accumulation. The new snow covered up any evidence of the previous EHB path so set out to reastablish it. We targeted the 3,200 ft. contour entering the birch glades, doing our best to stay on the high side of the swamp. We ended up dropping lower after the glades and ended up punching out on Isolation Trail a little over the 3,100 ft. contour, putting us about .2 mi south of the traditional junction. We took the tent site cutoff to Davis path. Upon return we decided to start set out EHB closer to the traditional junction, which brought us back to our original tracks about .2 into it.
The whack is not perfect but it will get you to where you need to go. Snowshoes are required if planning this hike for tomorrow. Expect mud.
Kyle / 40Miler
||Kyle L |
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.