Ascent to Mount Isolation-Davis Hump, 0.2 miles north of Isolation Trail jun on 2013-05-04

Climber: Evan B

Others in Party:Shane
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Isolation - Davis Hump, 0.2 miles north of Isolation Trail jun
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4293 ft / 1308 m
    Remaining Elevation:-290 ft / -88 m (-2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Having heard horror stories of blowdown on the ascent of Isolation via the Rocky Branch Trail and Isolation Trail, we thought we would try the slightly shorter route up the Glen Boulder Trail. The trail starts ascending almost immediately form the parking lot. Less than a mile in, we reached the snow. At the lower altitudes it wasn't so deep as to prove cumbersome. After a little while we broke out from treeline, passed the Glen Boulder, and went back into the trees. From here the going got very tough. Every other step had us sinking well past our knees, and the snow was high enough we were fighting our way through tree branches that normally would have been over our heads. The branches made snowshoes too cumbersome, so we put up with the post-holing. Having topped out at 5200 just off of the Boot Spur, we started our descent along the Davis Path. After reentering treeline, the path quickly became difficult to follow. After several hundred yards, we couldn't even find it any more. We searched the knob for over an hour trying to find the trail, even climbing several trees to get our bearings. After getting my leg stuck in the snow, and needing Shane to dig me out, we decided to call it quits and turn back. Our only consolation on the day was the absolutely perfect weather, with temps above 70 F, and not a single cloud in the sky, which made for wonderful views off of the Boot Spur. Next time, we will try for the longer, but easier to follow, route from the Rocky Branch North parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Glen Boulder Trail / Davis Path
    Trailhead:Glen Ellis Falls  
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:70's, no clouds. Perfection.
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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