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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Isolation, Boott Spur, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, herd paths, Isolation Spur, Boott Spur Trail, Boott Spur Link, Ravine Outlook, Tuckerman Ravine Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Car spot at Pinkham plenty of parking available  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues today, slightly elevated. I definitely put some extra thought with the crossings on Rocky Branch Trail. Glad to have trekking poles to aid in crossings. i also took herd paths to avoid a couple of redundant crossings  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Minor stepovers,walk unders and an a couple of walk arounds on Rocky Branch Trail. Davis Path muddy,broken bog bridges with spike heads that emerge when stepping on bridges. Boott Spur Trail in great shape with the exception of some bog bridges in poor condition. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none today 
Bugs
Bugs: actually saw a few black flies not biting but did swallow one 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Excellent first time hike of this section of Rocky Branch Trail from Shelter #1. This trail is quite "suttle" at times and definitely lost it a couple of times but can be followed and is a truly beautiful trail through the woods meandering along and across the river several times.There are also are many other smaller stream flows that are equally as interesting. The foilage is really ramping up as well. No speed records were set today as i literally was taking pictures every ten minutes.. I encountered a good sized bull moose as well. He was not bothered in least by me i snapped a few photos and promptly stepped off trail and let him pass by. He definitely was calling for his mate as he passed by. It was nice crossing paths and chatting with the Teal Goat today on trail otherwise i met no one else until the crystal cascades viewpoint. Once on the Davis Path with Für Elise in my ear i envisioned drivng an Audi navigating on the Autobahn when i suddenly remembered as i sunk in the mud with a missstep im the proud owner of a toyota and was navigating through some quite deep mudholes(calf deep)in spots-Couldnt have been a better day for it! Approaching Boott Spur i saw some stunning undercast as well as some spectacular fall foilage in the notches.Winds today were less than a whisper and temps were mild making for a great hike. The Crystal Cascades were flowing nicely as well.
 
Name
Name: scottb 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mainebeefman@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-05 
Link
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