Three years ago I attempted Isola Peak but turned back when I encountered a blonde black bear. I had wanted to return so when Sonny suggested climbing it, I quickly agreed. Kelly, Dinah and I piled into his car and we drove down Hwy. 940. We turned onto a side road and parked by the Livingstone River.
After fording the river we started up the road. This time there was no bear. The road, which parallels Isolation Creek, led to an excavated gravel flat before dropping down and crossing two streams. About 400 m after the second stream – 3.4 km from the trailhead – we started up the wooded slope.
There was little deadfall and undergrowth but a patchwork of deep snow and dry forest bed left us searching for the easiest course. Eventually we reached the SE ridge and followed it to the treeline.
Past the treeline, we traipsed up the broad, featureless east slope to the summit. The clearcut slopes below detracted but we were also treated to distant views of the snow-covered High Rock Ranges.
When we made our way back to the road we came across a short, freshly cleared path. We also saw evidence of fresh trail work at the treeline. We wondered if this was a trail-in-the-making that would lead to the summit. If such a trail becomes established, Isola Peak may see more visitors.
Crossing Livingstone River
Isola Peak seen from the gravel flat
First stream crossing
Second stream crossing
We leave the snow-covered road (below) and start bushwhacking
We also start postholing
Sonny and Kelly work their way through the snow
Dinah looks back as Kelly crosses a snow patch
Finally we see the summit ridge
We reach an open ridge
The summit is on our right but we head to the ridge crest ahead
Ascending a rather unremarkable slope
Sonny pauses to take photos
Kelly and Dinah hiking up
Mount Livingstone and Coffin Mountain
Kelly and Sonny near the summit
Arriving on top of Isola
Dinah, Kelly, Sonny and myself
Plateau Mountain and Sentinel Peak
Mount Harrison (3359 m) lies 50 km west
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