Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Jackson, Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Franklin, North Isolation, Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails: Webster-Jackson Trail, Webster Cliff Trail, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Mt. Franklin Spur, Mt. Eisenhower Trail, Dry River Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Rocky Branch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spotted car #2 at Rocky Branch TH 2 days prior. No issues.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hops! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Mt. Eisenhower Trail needs a hack job in upper portion--would be a "car wash" to pass through here post-rain. Mt. Eisenhower and Isolation Trail (West)--in designated Presidential-Dry River Wilderness--have quite a few stepover blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Came upon a bizarre, abandoned makeshift shelter about halfway down Mt. Eisenhower Trail. Looks like a couple (?) of people got lost and were benighted. Attached to the teepee-like structure was a note saying "PLEASE HELP. We have been lost for a day. We have crossed rivers and scaled walls. I beg you." They left a few bits of garbage, including a hand-drawn map (unfortunately with only trails from the ridge west) and handwritten directions for climbing Pierce and Ike from Crawford Path, dated 8/22. The lone person we encountered in the PDR Wilderness, a trailrunning LOC hut guy, didn't know of any active search, so presumably they found their way out. Kind of freaky! 
Comments: Final Trailwrights six-pack to finish out the 72 for the month (all done in bundles of six peaks). Except for the numerous blowdowns and bits of Irene damage, lesser used trails in the PDR Wilderness were awesome, with softer footing and much less rocks. Our feet were happy. Did the short but scrappy bushwhack to North Isolation. Looks like not too many folks go to the real summit... Started to spit rain just as we topped out on Isolation, but fortunately didn't rain harder. Heard a (?) moose grunting/bellowing near height of land on RBT! Never heard that before.  
Name: Snowflea & Fancypants 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-08-27 
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