I took the Rocky Branch Trail and it was a long approach on trails that could have been better laid out. Three hours and forty seven minutes up and two hours and fifty minutes down. I overtook a dad and daughter team on the ascent up but they definitely outpaced me on the descent. Roughly ten other guys on the trail, which was a wet, muddy mess in many spots. Really nice views from the top.
Wouldn't have done this one if it wasn't on the list - was a long slog with little reward.
Summit #3 of the trip. Very puddle-filled. I'm not sure why the trail wasn't built three feet to either side of the brook where it's higher ground and not all water. Nice open summit though.
Made my way to Mt. Isolation via the Rocky Branch Trail to the Isolation Trail to the Davis Path and then up the Isolation Spur and returned via the same route. Took me just under 6.5 hours to finish. Most of the trails were full of wet, mossy rocks, so the going was slow even though the grades were never difficult. The summit was socked in by an approaching rain cloud, so views were limited. Still had fun and enjoyed the river crossings and moose track sightings.
Tough but fun hike with lots of elevation gains and lots of views.
Finallllyyyy, put this one off for so long
which was a shame because it really was a nice day out. I think I made good time reaching the summit, but going back took me longer! My route was the Glen Boulder trail to the Davis Path. It was pretty muddy, and it sucks when you're hiking uphill on your way "down." Isolation does have some fine views though.
Took the Glen Boulder trail to Davis Path. My buddy didn't want to carry too much water and only brought one liter. I had 2. He figured to fill up along the trail, but after passing up a few streams early on, everything else was non-existant or bone dry. It ws really hot and we were dying for water by the end of the trip. So take plenty. Better views than expected from the top though.
Climbed with Washington via the Davis Path from Lakes of the Clouds. Encountered some brief 60-mile-an-hour winds while traversing the Boott Spur. Beautiful remote summit with great views of Washington and the Southern Presidentials. If there's one 4000' in New Hampshire that lives up to its name this is it!
Made the hike in from Glen Boulder and spent the night. Beautiful sunset and an even better sunrise. Finally #48
I do not remember the exact date. My dad dragged me up this on his quest to get us both up all the NH 4000 footers by the time I was 16. I do remember seeing someone's camping gear (sans someone) scattered trailside as if someone had discarded it all in a rage (which is not out of the question).
Made it up and down the mountain, then went into Gorham for a much needed shower (and TV watching)!
Had great LOCAL views of the pine trees, summit cairn, and clouds. The yellow foliage on the way up was outstanding and made up for the lack of views. I can come here to this page to see what I missed.
Great climb! Did this hike via Dry River trail, Davis Path, and out via Isolation Trail.
We made a 19-mile loop to get this one peak but the views really paid off.
Loop via Rocky Branch S, Isolation E, Davis Path, and Stairs Col Trail with side trip to E Stairs
stayed at the Rocky Branch 2 shelter.
High winds and a non-typical approach with heavy packs made this an interesting hike. It's a long way using this approach, and you are actually far higher on Boott spur then on isolation but cool none the less. Isolation summit is, like the name suggests, isolated. It sits above the dry river wilderness and you can't see too many man made objects.
Climbing via the Davis path makes a long hike even longer, but the lower summits to the south of Isolation have impressive views and the trail is not heavily trafficked. Its a great way to go. I came down the Isolation trail to Dry river. Doesn't it often happen that the views of the highest peaks are more beautiful than the views from the highest peaks?