Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Maybe only 5-6 vehicles at the Rocky Branch parking lot off RT 16. One crew of 6 youngesters left 1 or 2 vehicles, drove off to start their hike on Glenn Boulder down to Isolation. We later saw them on the summit before they took off.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The five Rocky Branch River crossings were easily rock-hopped.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Numerous blowdowns on Rocky Branch trail, easily circumvented. A few more on Mt Isolation trail, ditto. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Only 1 pooch at the summit, a rather small fellow, who, being an opportunist, immediately went about searching for free food among the few of us who were seated /stationed in the open area just below the true summmit. :-) 
Bugs: Minimal. Certainly saw a few clouds along the trails, but few seemed interested in chowing on us. At the summit, a handful of black flies seemed intent upon nailing my head and neck, but soon, summit breezes grounded even those. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One steel washer on the Isolation trail sighted on the way out. My comment: at least it wasn't a loose screw, then I'd worry about the hiker who lost it. ;-) 
Comments: Beautiful, gorgeous day out on the trails and summit. Blue skies, low humidity and comformtable 60 deg temperatures. Bugs weren't a problem. Great visibility.

I had forgotten in the intervening 2 decades since I finished my 4000 footers on this peak, how rough the Rocky Branch and Isolation trails can be on a body, now one in its 6th decade. What with rock, mud, standing water and so on. Just same it's a beautiful hike -- with forest, river and then panaramic views on the summit. Easily underrated.

Glad to have met Erik and his young son Luke, who made their 4000 footer debut on Mt Isolation. Congrats to the both of you!

Also happy to have met Ed on a multiday driving/hiking/camping trip from Virginia. Happy Trails!

My hiking buddy knocked Isolation off his list of remaining 4000 footers with a mere handful to go. Glad to have been there and hiked with him on this beautiful day in the mountains.  
Name: Mike Dailey 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-25 
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