Ascent of Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point on 2012-05-23

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:3400 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

I accessed the Preston County High Point from the trail going up to the Maryland State High Point. I hiked up to the state high point on the standard trail and then when still near the top of the ridge, noticed an overgrown grassy old woods road going souuthwest towards the county high point. I decided to see where it went. The road was easy to follow, passed under big power transmission lines, over a gas pipeline, and then when it started dropping away from the high point, I found another road that cutback sharply to the left and climbed up towards the high point. It came up parallel to the ridge but still in the woods on the west side. When my GPS indicated that the high point was about 500 ft to the left through the forest, I left the road and wandered up with a minor bushwhack through the light forest to the high point that is close to the windmill that I could hear turning. Success!! The hiking stats on this TR are for only the spur going to the county high point. The Maryland State High Point is in addition to these stats.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:From Backbone Mtn SHP Trail
    Trailhead:2980 ft / 908 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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