Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2013-08-17

Climber: John N

Others in Party:Ryan
Date:Saturday, August 17, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful August day. I picked up Ryan and Emma at their apartment in Wilmington and hit the road at ~6:30. We drove up and after a wrong turn in Conway ended up at the trailhead at around 10. We hiked up a gradually inclining trail to the Rocky Branch Shelter. The first ~2 miles was dry and steadily climbing. The next ~1.5 miles was much wetter and often we were stepping on stones in a small stream that the trail was following. The shelter was just across the junction of the trail and the Rocky Branch River. After investigating the campsite on the downhill side of the river and the shelter area we decided on a nice site on the downhill side. We setup camp and ate lunch, leaving for the summit at about 2:30. The hike to the summit was more of the same, a combination of gradual inclines and wet stream traverses. There was another stream crossing about 2 miles up the trail that had a campsite as well. In addition there was a campsite near the junction of the Rocky Branch Trail and the Davis Path. We summited Isolation at about 4pm. There were beautiful views from the rocky ledge on the north side of the summit as well as the summit proper (don't skip the summit proper as the views out over the Pemi Wilderness from there are breathtaking. The peaks that could be seen were numerous, almost all of which are at a higher elevation than the 4003' Isolation, but include the southern presidentials, Bonds, Carrigain, and numerous others. Well worth the hike. This could quite easily be done as a long day hike, however the night out is worth taking the extra weight. We returned to our site and had dinner and some wine. We then sat by the river in the light of a nearly full moon. In the morning we had a quick breakfast, packed up and hiked out. We had lunch at Moat Mountain and proceeded home. Great trip all in all. I would definitely hike it again, maybe choosing the second camp site.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3971 ft / 1211 m
    Extra Gain:584 ft / 178 m
    Distance:14.7 mi / 23.6 km
    Route:Rocky Branch Trail > Davis Path
    Trailhead:Rocky Branch Trailhead  1200 ft / 365 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear & Sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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