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Hiking Mount Isolation – Moose Infested Views of Mount Washington

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Mount Isolation has earned its name for a reason. Nestled in the middle of the Dry River Wilderness, it truly is isolated from manmade things, as well as heavy foot traffic. The hike is difficult, but the views are gorgeous, the chances of seeing moose are high, and of course, it is just over 4,000 feet!

Height: 4,004 feet (1,220 Meters)

Distance: 12-19.6 miles (See Options Below)

Elevation Gain: 4,000-5,000 (See Options Below)

Duration: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Trail Map

Mount Isolation Trail Map

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Mount Isolation Trail Map - Full

Trails

Rocky Branch Trail – Isolation Trail – Davis Path | 14.6 Miles | 3,600 Feet Elevation Gain

The trailhead for this route is located just off of NH 16. This is the most common route to Isolation. Despite the long length, this option features a relatively gradual gain (except for the beginning of the hike). Isolation is very difficult for its size as it makes hikers gain and lose elevation no matter what path they take.

Glen Boulder Trail – Davis Path | 12 Miles | 5,050 Feet Elevation Gain

This in my opinion, is the best route to Isolation. Starting of Route 16 at the Glen Ellis Falls parking area, it ascends quickly above treeline to incredible views of Pinkham Notch, the Wildcats, the Carters, and the precariously placed Glen Boulder. This route features heavy elevation gain as you ascend to Boott Spur (above 5,000 feet) and descend back down, to then rise up again to the summit of Isolation. On top of the ridge here, you get incredible views into the Dry River Wilderness. It is the path from Boot Spur to Isolation in which you will find many moose tracks, and may end up coming across one (see embedded video). Be sure to check out Glen Ellis falls before you leave!

Davis Path | 19.6 Miles | 4,050 Feet Elevation Gain

Davis path begins at a large parking area off of US 302 a few miles south of Crawford Notch. This trail up the mountain features incredible views, lots of vertical gain and loss, and passes only .5 miles away from the gorgeous summit of Mount Crawford.

Summit Views

The views from the summit of Isolation are spectacular. A large rock face gives hikers clear and expansive views of Mount Washington, Boot Spur, Mount Monroe, and many other mountains.

Winter Hiking

Isolation is one of the more difficult winter hikes. The Glen Boulder trail is extremely steep, and hikers get exposed to high winds and snowdrifts from the ridge to Boott Spur. Davis Path and the Rocky Branch path are likely better options, but it is important for hikers to understand the difficulty of breaking trail during the winter time. It makes these already long trails, far longer. These trails being less traveled, it is often easy to lose trail, so it is only recommended in the winter by those that can navigate very well with map and compass.

Weather Forecast

Bartlett, NH

This Afternoon
Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Tonight
Patchy freezing drizzle after 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Thursday
Patchy freezing drizzle before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night
A chance of snow showers before 10pm, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of freezing rain between 10pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Friday
Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 29. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Friday Night
Snow before 1am, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday
A slight chance of snow showers before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 6. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Pictures

Views of Wildcats from Boott Spur

Views of Wilcdats from Boott Spur

Views of Boott Spur

Views of Boott Spur

Mount Isolation Views

Mount Isolation Views

Glen Boulder

VIews of Glen Boulder

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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