Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Slide Peak, Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Glen Boulder Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot at Glen Ellis Falls was filling up rapidly at 7:30AM. Fee lot with outhouse facility. I did not check the toilet facility. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brook crossings on the Glen Boulder Trail were easy. The brooks are small. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of trees down low on the Glen Boulder Trail that were easy to go around/over. No other obstructions on the trails that weren't at or near the ground. There are a couple of trees that cross high above the Davis Path north of the col. These present no problems today although they could be an obstruction with a snowpack. Most hikers wouldn't venture on this part of the Davis Path in the winter. Wilderness sign missing in the alpine zone downhill from the Davis Path - Glen Boulder junction. Only the signpost remains. Scrub areas on the Glen Boulder Trail could use a trim. The pathway is still visible at this time. See comments for the major mud report. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw some dogs. Some dogs may need assistance on one ledge below Glen Boulder. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A hiker was looking for some glasses he lost on the Davis Path. Hopefully he found them. 
Comments: The Glen Boulder Trail had mainly dry and good footing. One ledge below Glen Boulder may be challenging if wet (dry today). The Glen Boulder always looks as if it could roll down the hill.
The Davis Path from the alpine zone to Isolation Trail West was mainly dry except in one spot where water was issuing forth from under a rock in the trail. The water ran down the trail for some distance before being shunted off in a diversion ditch. The Davis Path between the two Isolation Trail junctions had some muddy spots but wasn't too bad. The Davis Path from Isolation Trail East to the Isolation Spur Trail was a mud nightmare. There are decayed bog bridges with spikes sticking out. Some of the deteriorated bog bridge segments can be used to avoid the mud if you have good balance. There is trail width expansion and some ad hoc trail reroutes to avoid the worst of the watery mud wallows. These conditions have existed for years with the severity of the problem dictated by the recent weather conditions.
Just missed seeing a moose at the Davis Path - Isolation West junction. People ahead of me spotted the animal as it headed off to the Isolation Trail West.
Large crowd at Mt Isolation today. Great views of Mt Washington, Oakes Gulf, and the southern Presidential Range. Also fine views of much of the White Mountains from the alpine areas on the Davis Path.
Saw the AMC group hike on the Davis Path at the Isolation West junction. They were heading to Mt Isolation. Many hikers bagging the summit for their 4K list but I encountered nobody finishing today.
Saw one Gray Jay at the summit and some Goldenrod in the alpine zone.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-24 
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