Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, bushwhacks, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings rock-hoppable. (Saco River gauge Bartlett was running around 500cfs in the am, and 400 cfs in the afternoon.) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are some winter blowdowns we walked around, but nothing tough 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: not yet 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Barebooted Rocky Branch Tr. to Engine Hill cutoff/bw. Very wet in places, but lovely birch glades with sheltered views. Dropped down to cross the river at about 3200' as we planned to continue bw up to the col just north of isolation via the Iso Xpress. Hit rotten snow around 3600'... which eventually became unavoidable. Davis Path had a stable monorail with some rocks showing in places; used light traction (worn rock spikes were just fine). Summit was bare. Due to rotten snow on the Iso Xpress, we used the Davis Path and Mt. Isolation Trail on the way out (which per usual, was more like a brook than a trail). The northern most (5th) crossing was easy. At the 4th crossing, we peeled off SE'ly on the Engine Hill bw. Had a great line, thou it got wet and muddy as we approached the Rocky Branch Trail. Great day in the woods with Neil S.!

FYI... we met a hiker on the summit who came over the Glen Boulder Trail. While his ascent was fine, he found the Davis Path to not be consolidated and he post-holed considerably on his was down to Isolation.  
Name: Beth Z. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-07 
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