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This is a kind of last minute hike! The weather looks great for Saturday (very little wind and in the 20's) so I thought it would be a great day for Mt Isolation (#47 @ 4,004'). Isolation offers stunning views of the Presidentials so let's hope the skies stay clear!
We will be using the Rocky Branch Trail and the Engine Hill Bushwhack (to avoid water crossings) to get to the Davis Path. From there we will head to the summit. We will follow the same route in reverse to get back to the trailhead.
We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.
On this moderate pace (~2.0 MPH) out and back trip we will hike about 12 miles and climb about 2,800 feet. It should take an average hiker about 8 hours 30 minutes to complete this trip
This event is considered to be INTERMEDIATE because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions and there is no guarantee that we will complete the entire event as described here (i.e. we might not reach the summit).
We will begin at 8:30! Please arrive by 8:15!!
Click for current trail conditions (http://trailsnh.com/maps/index.php?find=isolation)
Mountain weather is subject to rapid changes and extreme conditions. Dangerous weather conditions will cancel - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants a day or two ahead of time. We will assess travel and weather conditions during the hike and make changes to our planned trip as necessary.
Click for the current weather forecast (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=44.24101783854451&lon=-71.2298583984375&site=gyx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text)
Mountain Forecast (http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Isolation/forecasts/1220)
Packing list (for winter) (http://www.meetup.com/Peakbaggers/pages/Winter_Packing_List_%28day_hikes%29/)
Be sure to pack microspikes AND crampons as the trails have been especially icy!
We will meet at the Rocky Branch Trailhead which is located on the west side of Route 16 south of the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. According to Google Maps this spot is about 189 miles from Boston and it should take about 3 hours 13 minutes to drive there.
Click for customizable driving directions (https://local.google.com/maps?saddr=Boston,+MA&daddr=43.034719,-71.4525247+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=44.204851,-71.242175&sspn=0.009152,0.019741&geocode=FZ9WhgIdw7bD-ykbMT0NLWXjiTGg6GIBJL98eA%3BFV-okAIdlLi9-ymFVbmDkkXiiTFtrmmgenmE6Q%3BFdGBogIdl_TA-w&mra=ls&via=1&t=m&z=8) (google.com) While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear and agree to know and follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described atwww.hikesafe.com (http://www.hikesafe.com/)