Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2010-08-06

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Carl
Date:Friday, August 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my favorite hike of the trip, probably because of all the time we spent above treeline for this one. I had low expectations for this one. I was just expecting a crappy summit that took too long to get to. We hiked in via the Glen Boulder Trail and hit the alpine zone sign within the first hour. I love this trail! We got to the Davis path and descended from 5200 feet to around 3700 feet. Such a weird hike. We met a guy who was hiking solo and finishing his 48. Maybe he was a reserved guy but he didn’t seem too happy about it. Oh well! I loved the views of the southern Presis and Washington from there. We had lunch with some gray jays and headed out. Somewhere along the line we all decided that we were feeling good and would hit Washington on the way out since the summit was clear. We started early and had plenty of time left. We were excited about the stupid idea of pairing Isolation and Washington on the same hike. We were off! Unfortunately, clouds rolled in very quickly and covered the summit for the rest of the day. We were in the clouds and it was raining and cold. We turned around as our stupid idea turned dangerous and much less fun. We went down Boott Spur to the Pinkham Notch visitor center. I have not done the Rocky Branch Trail but I can’t believe it could be better than the Glen Boulder Trail. I think it very much worth the extra effort.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5499 ft / 1676 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5499 ft / 1676 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Start Trailhead:-1496 ft / -455 m
Descent Statistics

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