Mount Isolation is a killer of a hike, my buddy Jay and I set off on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. I knew it was going to be a long one and I warned him that by the end he would be miserable, that turned out to be true.
Started the day feeling pretty good, we hiked up the first few miles and things started flattening out. I was getting excited, if the terrain is like this we would be closer to 8 hours instead of the 10 that I feared.
It is hard to see here but the terrain in the flatish part of the mountain was 2-3 miles of hoping from rock to rock hoping that you don’t fall off and step into an ankle deep puddle. This was a tough hike, it wasn’t the hardest or the most technical but miles and miles of bouncing from rock to rock is hard on the feet.
There were tons of river crossings as well, I want to say 5-6 in each direction, luckily the first week of September the water was at a low. We didn’t have to take off the boots once.
The top of the Mountain was gorgeous and we had beautiful weather!
We had a Grey Jay follow us on our mountain adventure.
The view from Mount Isolation on the Eastern side of the mountain.
Mount Washington off in the distance
You can see the weather station on the top of Mount Washinton
Mount Isolation Geo Survey
Our Grey Jay friend eyeing the PB&J that Jay thankfully remembered!
Laying down for the picture of me at the summit, it was a very hard hike.
Jay taking a picture of the Geo Marker. I was a very hard hike, quite long, I would highly recommend going later in the season when things are drier. The river is at an all time low right now. Even with that it was muddy, I can’t imagine hiking this in the spring. The hike just really long and sneakily technical since you are doing a lot of water crossings and a lot of rock hopping to avoid mud. It took us 9ish hours of moving time and 9 hours 37 mins of total time so we didn’t have a lot of down time on this hike. There is plenty of water available and I should have brought a filter with me and taken a one water bottle instead of bringing 4 liters (8.8lbs).
The view from Mount Isolation is beautiful, a great view of Mount Washington, Jackson, and Eisenhower. I would love to hike it again, just make sure it is dry and you prepare for a long day!