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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails
Trails: Dry River Trail, Isolation Trail, Davis Path, Isolation Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small amount of parking on 302 but I was only the second car there at 8 AM midweek.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings easy with the dry weather. This is not the route to attempt when wet.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: THANK YOU for the recent brush clearing of the Isolation trail. As I am sure many know the dry river trail received significant damage in 2017 however it is in reasonably good shape despite the walk-arounds. Davis Path is a real quagmire even during this the driest season.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My lab did the entire 17 mile loop and loved it thanks to the copious amount of water (and mud) on this way up to Isolation. Highly recommended for dogs.  
Bugs
Bugs: None except for the significant swarms of black flies on top of isolation itself. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
 
Comments
Comments: For those coming from the west or just looking for a non-crowded way to bag isolation this route is highly recommended. I saw no more than 6 people all day and all of them were on Isolation itself. The isolation trail is extremely gradual and a wonderful way to gain the ridge-line. The dry river trail is very scenic and interesting with all the damage from the storm a few years ago. All this said, it is a challenging hike weighing in a 17 miles. Took me just under 7 hours including a dip in the river 3/4 of a mile from the finish (also highly recommended - right at the "welcome to the wilderness sign is a great spot". Worst part of the hike is the David Path section but it is a necessary evil.  
Name
Name: Bill W 
E-Mail
E-Mail: WGWESTERVELT@GMAIL.COM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-30 
Link
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