was destined to become the climb that ended the dreaded "Crawford
Path Curse," a 2-1/2 year stretch of failed summit attempts
when starting from the Crawford Path Trailhead. But alas, the
glory of my success was to come much later in
the trip!. From the beginning, I was off to a bad start. Intending
to leave home at 4:30 AM, I slept through my alarm and didn't
get out of the house until after 6:30, putting a huge dent in
my plans for a long 12-hour hiking day.
a frantic drive up to Crawford Notch trying to regain some of
my lost time, Muffin and I finally hit the trail around 9:30.
My original plans were to hike up and over Mizpah Hut down to
the Dry River, set up camp, then summit Mt Isolation via the west
branch of the Isolation Trail and Davis Path and return to our
campsite. The next day, I had planned to hike out via the Dry
River Trail, then ascend Mt Willey
via the Ethan Pond and Willey Range Trails. Now I doubted that
I'd have time to make Isolation and return to our tent by nightfall.
But I'd have to play it by ear and see how it went.
far up the trail, we stopped briefly at Gibb's Falls. I had expected
more of a show, but the thin trickle of water was a bit disappointing,
so I just took a quick photo and continued on. Muffin was having
a great time running up and down the trail as we walked along.
by the Crawford Path Trailhead. I'd been up this trail from Rt
302 several times before, but never in the summer. It was nice
to see the trail without snow.