Summit Elevation (m): 2627
Trip Date: Thursday, September 5, 2002
Round Trip Time (hrs): Unknown
Elevation Gain (m): 1400
Total Trip Distance (km): 25
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties – this is a long hike, best done from the Stanley Mitchell Hut or as part of an ascent of Isolated Peak.
Technical Rating: OT4; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps
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.