Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
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: None except for the significant swarms of black flies on top of isolation itself. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
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: Bill W 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-30 
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