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Mount Isolation Information

Elevation: 4,003 feet (1,220 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 203 feet (62 meters)
Location: Pinkham Notch, (Coös County)
Range: Presidential Range
Coordinates: 44°12.88' North     71°18.58' West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate
Features: Rocky Branch River, Dry River Wilderness, Glen Boulder, Slide Peak
Distance of highlighted hike below: 12 miles

Mount Isolation is a 4,003 foot mountain located in the Dry River Wilderness. It is situated in the Presidential Range in the White Mountains. Mount Isolation is the highest peak in the Montalban Ridge, which extends from South from Boott Spur.

Mount Isolation one of the White Mountains most remote peaks, and is also the second shortest mountain, out of the NH 4,000 Footers list. It is just 1 foot taller than Mount Tecumseh, the shortest one.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Davis is 1.4 miles from the summit of Mount Isolation
Slide Peak is roughly 3.3 miles from the summit of Mount Isolation
Boott Spur is roughly 3.3 miles from the summit of Mount Isolation
Stairs Mountain is 5.5 miles from the summit of Mount Isolation

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Views from the summit of Mount Isolation in August, 2013.
Mount Isolation Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The trail map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Isolation via the Glen Boulder Trail, and the Davis Path.

From the Glen Ellis Parking area, hike along the Glen Boulder Trail 3.2 miles. (You will pass a junction with the Avalanche Brook Ski Trail after 0.8 miles, and hike over Slide Peak about 1.8 miles after that.) Glen Boulder is 1.6 miles from the parking lot. (Glen Boulder is a HUGE boulder, as the name says, in the middle of the Glen Boulder Trail, and can be seen from Route 16.)

After you hiked 3.2 miles on the Glen Boulder Trail and reach the junction with The Davis Path, turn left onto the Davis Path. Hike for 1.6 miles until you reach a junction with Isolation Trail. Stay left onto the Davis Path for 0.3 miles where you will find another junction with the Isolation Trail. Stay straight/right along the Davis Path for 0.9 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Isolation. To return to the parking lot, retrace your steps the way you came up.

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Glen Boulder in the distance from the Glen Boulder Trail.

Mount Isolation Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for the highlighted hike above is located on Route 16 at the Glen Ellis Parking Area.

From the South:
Take exit 4 off I-95 North to merge onto Route 16 North / US 4 West. Follow Route 16 up past Jackson, NH. Look for signs for the Glen Ellis Parking Area on the left. If you drive to Wildcat Ski Area, you drove one parking lot too far.

Be sure to check out Glen Ellis Falls before or after your hike. Well worth the visit!


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