Ascent of Rocky Branch Ridge-North Peak on 2009-07-04

Climber: Terry Wheeler

Others in Party:J. Mlynarek
Date:Saturday, July 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rocky Branch Ridge-North Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3921 ft / 1195 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was one of those unplanned bushwhacks . . .

We did Mt Isolation (via the Glen Boulder Trail and Davis Path) but by the time we were leaving the summit, there was a fair bit of thunder up towards Mt Washington, so a trip back up toward Boott Spur to take the Glen Boulder Trail seemed like a bad idea. We weren't too crushed about that - the trail down from treeline had been pretty wet and sloppy. Plan B was to head down the Mt Isolation/Rocky Branch Trails and do the road walk back up to the car. However, with all the rain in the previous couple of weeks (plus that day), the stream crossings were raging and it was obvious we were going to spend a lot of time bushwhacking up and down the banks in the rain looking for only slightly less sketchy places to cross. The first crossing was nasty enough and we didn't relish the idea of dealing with the rest of them (followed by the long road walk), so we decided to bushwhack it northeast across this ridge and head for Rte 16 and the car. The forest was pleasantly open on the west side of the ridge - lots of hemlock and birch and fern patches (the moose yards and paths helped too). We were originally heading for the col south of the high point of the ridge, but the forest was still pretty passable so we kept to a more or less straight line for the car and went over the top. Things didn't get ugly until we hit a hateful band of hobblebush and striped maple on the east side of the ridge. Lots of holes and mudpits too. That slowed things down. A lot. Finally picked up the cross-country ski trail just west of the road and followed that north to intersect the Glen Boulder Trail. Ski trail was a mostly ugly mud walk. Tons o' fun.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Mt Isolation Trail/bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Mt Isolation  
Descent Statistics
    Route:bushwhack/ski trail
    End Trailhead:Glen Ellis trailhead  

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