Trip Report – Mount Isolation – 2/28/2015

It’s sure been a while since I got back here and wrote some trip reports. Mostly I have been away form the mountains, or exploring smaller woods closer to my home. I wanted to help a friend of mine working on his NH 4000+ footers list so we decided on Mount Isolation. I’ve been here two or three times before, and its always a great adventure. I find it to be much easier in winter however, due to the Old Engine Hill Bushwhack.

We started out around 8:30AM from the Rocky Branch TH, a team of 8 in total. We bare booted for a short bit, then quickly switched over to snowshoes. We followed the Rocky Branch trail until the Engine Hill Bushwhack began. This year it seems to have moved from years passed, but worked just fine. When we emerged from the beautiful birch glade woods, the path was less packed down. There was 1 gentleman form Canada ahead of us. We trudged on and finally reach the summit, very steep and deep drifts on that last bit. IT was getting late in the day so we did not spend much time on the top, but the views of Mount Washington were quite spectacular.

I’ll put a GPS/GPX link in soon.


Trip Report: Mount Isolation 1/5/2012

I joined an AMC group Saturday for a hike to Mt. Isolation. It was my 3rd time up there, but my first winter ascent. The winds were strong at the Rocky Branch TH, but settled a bit as we got further into the woods. The trail had been lightly broken out a few days prior, and out group packed it down very well, wearing snowshoes the entire way. We opted to do the Engine Hill bushwhack which saved us a few miles. Skies cleared later in the day, which seemed to drop temps into the low 20’s. Several blow downs on the bushwhack and after rejoining the trail near the Davis path. It was very icy for the last bit up the the summit, we didn’t spend much time on top due to the very high winds. The only river crossing was stable snow bridged, but with warmer temps coming it could be compromised. Successful summit and retreated to Flatbread in North Conway for some much needed grub after.


Distance: 13.16 mi
Time: 9:58:52
Avg Pace: 45:31 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 3,388 ft

Some photos from one particpant:

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