Another late start after spotting a car at the Rocky Branch Trailhead. Thom joins us again and we are off up the well broken Webster/Jackson Trail.
We are on the summit of Jackson relaxing and enjoying the views. Another spectacular day in the Whites...
We arrive on the summit of Pierce. We take a few pictures then off we go.
We reach the summit of Eisenhower. The wind is blustery, so we we take shelter behind the rockpile and enjoy the views.
We are on the summit of Monroe. A helicopter passes overhead and circles around the summit of Washington. It hangs around for 5 minutes then heads back torwards Crawford Notch.
We finally arrive on Isolation. Trails were broken so we were quite relieved! We watch the sun set from the summit then start off on our long slog down to RT 16. We looked for Tramper Al and Company's bushwhack route from last Monday, but the new snow has made it invisible. We ended up following an AMC Trips broken trail, but they didn't do the bushwhack. We debated doing it ourselves, but since it was dark, and a trail was already broken, we took the longer easier way down. We did end up doing all 5 water crossings though, YIKES! The Rocky Branch Trail was the toughest part of the day.
We are back at the car. YIPPEE!!!!!!!
19 down, 29 to go...
Frodo and Stinkyfeet
Thom elected not to go all the way to Isolation, so shadowed a few minutes behind as far as Monroe, with summit times of 10:55 on Pierce, 12:10 on Ike, and 2:00 on Monroe, returning to Crawfords at 5:25 via the Crawford Path. Total summits now stands at 11, so 37 to go.