Ascent of Mount Isolation on 2009-09-18

Climber: Will Hoyt

Date:Friday, September 18, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Isolation
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Shawn and Ken from NEO40 and Rosie from Four Seasons Hiking Group.
We staged a car at Rocky Branch Trailhead, then drove to Glen Boulder trailhead. Started up Glen Boulder, as we cleared the treeline the wind really picked up. Windchill made it very cold. It started to rain and even hail a bit. We practically ran from whatever sheltered area that we could find to the next sheltered area out of the wind. We hiked to the Davis Path trail junction and turned left(South) on Davis Path. Once into the trees again the wind was blocked and we warmed up considerably. We passed the first junction with the Isolation trail on the right(west) then shortly after the 2nd junction of the Isolation trail on the left(east). The Isolation spur trail is on the right(west). Short ascent to the summit. We were socked in with clouds and rain. Stayed only long enough to huddle for a picture.

We retraced our steps back North on Davis Path to the East branch of the Isolation trail. Just after the Isolation Trail and the Rocky Branch junction, is a junction of spur trails to the Rocky Branch Shelters, the Rocky Branch trail is not very clearly marked here but we went straight and lived to tell the tale.

Rocky Branch is a very rocky, wet trail. After a stream crossing near the bottom we instinctively went right which was downhill. This was not trail. We had to backtrack back up to the left after the crossing.

Arrived safely back at the Rocky Branch Trailhead.
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