Initially I was planning to go up and
down via the magnificent Glen Boulder
trail and Davis Path. This route is the
shortest way to get to the summit of Mt
Isolation, also the steepest.
Boulder trail will climb to about 4921'
to meet Davis Path, and then descend 2.8
mi to the summit of Mt Isolation 4003'.
About 900' of extra climbing one way...
but for the great views along the Glen
Boulder trail, it will be all worth
while! At least that was what I thought
out that indeed the Glen Boulder trail
did worth every ounce of the effort to
climb, but as I descending on the Davis
path for almost an hour before reaching
the junction of Davis path and Isolation
trail, I was feeling frustrated and
worry about the way back. Any ascend
at the end of a long day is not welcome,
especially this section of Davis Path is
long and creepy. So I changed my plan, I
would descend via Isolation and Rocky
Branch trail. And hitched a ride or
walked back to my parking lot 3 mi away.
person i ran into on this trip was a guy
at the beginning of the Glen Boulder
trail, he was hiking down with a small
day pack. I assumed he hiked up to the
Glen Boulder very early in the morning
to watch sun rise. The next person I ran
into was about 3 hours later at the
junction of Davis path and Isolation
trail. He hiked up via Rocky Branch and
Isolation trail (so his car was at the
Rocky Branch trail head :-) We hiked at
the same speed and ended up hiking
together to the summit of Mt Isolation.
During our conversation, I was screening
him to make sure he is not a rapist or
serial killer. So I asked him for the
ride, and he agreed.
Total Distance: 13.2 mi
8.25 hrs (including breaks time)