To get to Isolated Peak from the ACC hut we had to bushwhack up steep forested hills behind the hut and ended up in a small hanging valley. It was so beautiful and quiet up there. Sometimes I wish I could just hike for a living! (Note: The GPS track should follow a trail - you shouldn't be bushwhacking to this hanging valley anymore.) To make a long story short, we ended up getting high on Isolated before conditions conspired against us and we reluctantly turned back.
In order to salvage the day, we hiked along Whaleback Mountain, descending its eastern nose before looping back to the Stanley Mitchell hut on the main approach trail.
[You can see why we weren't successful on Isolated (L)! Thanks to a fall snowstorm, conditions were not ideal for scrambling on this particular trip. Whaleback is visible at right. We ascended the col between Isolated and Whaleback, traversed the mountain to the right and then descended the far right (east) end before looping back to the hut. This photo is taken the day we approached the Stanley Mitchell ACC Hut.]
[Thankfully things dried out a bit since our approach day! Isolated Peak at left and the obvious route to the Whaleback at right.]
[Because we traversed over from Isolated to Whaleback rather than directly ascending Whaleback, we got some cool views looking back at Isolated Peak.]
[Looking along the Whaleback.]
[Looking across the Little Yoho River valley towards the Vice President and The Secretary Treasurer. The Iceline Trail also runs at tree line across from us here.]
[The Des Poilus Glacier as seen from the Whaleback.]
[Vern on the summit with Niles and Daly buried in clouds in the far distance.]