|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Isolation, NH|
||Rocky Branch Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 3, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot was half full. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water crossings were challenging. Need a big step not to strip off the boots. Half the folks rock hopped, half the folks barefoot crossed (height and stride length determined your group in my opinion).
Skip the 3rd and 4th crossing by trail blazing about 100-200 yards. No problem but no real defined path, but a bunch of animal paths to select. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Water logged, but all downs seemed old and easy to navigate. |
||2 dogs. Both needed a bath, but both were thoroughly enjoying the mud. |
||Surprisingly few (used OFF anyway). |
|Lost and Found:
||Wow. What a day (7h 30m hike). On Rocky Branch, the Trail leading up to the col is great but from the col to the river is like walking through a creek (standing water can be 6-8" deep); long legged people can rockhopper most of the way with some bushwhacking needed, but pacing takes a huge hit. Davis path is about 50/50 mud and dry trail. Path from Davis to summit is in fine shape with some mud, but by far the best 1.0 mile since the initial ascent from the parking lot. |
When there is mud, it is deep, covered in water and hard to navigate. Everyone I encountered had mud crusted boots, pants, and legs. Hard to stay dry out there, but yet no one was considering giving up. I recommend poles or a walking stick, they caught my falls a few times.
Summit was fully clouded over, but nice to get a survey marker.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.