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Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2013-07-13

Climber: Evan B

Others in Party:Shane
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Horror stories had scared us off from this peak for a while, but it was finally time to buckle down and climb it. The first leg of the trip up the Rocky Branch Trail has a little bit of an ascent, followed by a descent into the valley to the Rocky Branch #2 shelter with a stream running down the middle of the trail. The next leg up the Davis Path junction crisscrosses the Rocky Branch 5 times. In the middle of the summer, the water was plenty low enough to simply rock hop these crossings. There was just an easy jaunt left to hop up to the summit. There were incredible views from the summit. It's bald, and gives you a very unique angle on Mount Washington. The hike back out was more of the same as the hike in, just a long, tedious nature walk along some streams.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:Rocky Branch Trail
    Trailhead:Rocky Branch North  
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 10 Minutes



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