Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, Mt. Monroe, Boott Spur, NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Tuckerman Crossover, Davis Path, Isolation Spur, rockwhack, Camel Trail, Monroe Loop
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at cog railway for $5 and shaved 1.4 miles off of this longer adventure. The older gentleman who collect the fee says he gets there at 6am. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None biting. Still waiting to see a cat on trail. 
Bugs: None biting. But there were some blackflies, especially on isolation. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great alternative approach to isolation, although longer and more elevation gain than the other dayhike options. Allows you to spend about 7 miles above treeline. 16 miles 6150 gain, including over 2000 of that on the way back, not including monroe. 9 hr 40 minutes elapsed time including all breaks, excessive picture taking, and enjoying the day. Gorgeous bluebird in the morning turned grey with a cloud ceiling of about 6000 feet in the afternoon. Davis path in great shape all the way down to isolation, no blowdown or mud issues. Boott spur has no official trail, but it was an easy all on rock route to the pin on top.

Some researchers on Monroe inserting the same plastic sheilds and wires into the rare alpine life as on Little Haystack-- the researcher was nice and honest and admitted to me that it was damaging the plants when I asked. "Climate change" might kill them in 200 years, but why wait that long?  
Name: John in NH 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-08-21 
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