Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolastion Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at the Rocky Branch parking area off route 16 
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: Rocky Branch River had low water levels so all crossings were easy rock hops. On the ascent I used the bushwhack between the two close river crossings but on return I decided to stay on the trail as the river crossings were so easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The water drainage ditches on the Rocky Branch Trail were recently cleaned out. I saw no blazes on the trails but the pathway was evident today. As noted on earlier posts, the bog bridges on the Davis Path are decrepit.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Should be fine for dogs although they will end up wet and/or muddy. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The Rocky Branch Trail from route 16 to the height of land is generally dry. The flat stretch near Engine Hill and the drop down to the Rocky Branch River is wet and muddy. Luckily the path is studded with rocks. So rock hopping will keep your feet dry. The Isolation Trail running along the Rocky Branch River is a mix of dry trail and wet sections with enough rocks to keep footwear out of the muck. The Isolation Trail uphill of the last river crossing has a lot of water and mud. There is a maze of paths near the wilderness campsite. The Isolation Trail bends to the right in this area. There is one dead tree across the trail at about 4.5 feet above the ground which is an easy duck under. The Davis Path has many mud spots with deteriorating bog bridges.
I was alone on Mt Isolation today. Great view of Mt Washington towering over Oakes Gulf headwall. Met a Cape Cod hiker who finished his 48th NH 4K today on Mt Isolation.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-09-12 
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