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Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2013-07-15

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:David Stone
Date:Monday, July 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Like many Peakbaggers we ended up doing PA, MD & WV in one day - a time challenge seeing as we'd spent a wonderful morning and lunchtime touring Fallingwater and the Bear Run Nature Reserve.

The trail starts in West Virginia at a lay-by on Route 219, clearly marked by a signpost marked Maryland Highpoint. Cross the road, backtrack a few metres and take a logging road up into the woods. It is steep, rocky and muddy in places but is clearly marked by red "HP" blazes on many of the trees and generally trends up and to the right. Eventually you come across various markers towards the ridge but just keep heading up but start turning to the left. There is a Border Marker No 3 short of the summit and at the top itself a metal sign ("Hoye Crest"), large stone cairn, picnic table and mail box with logbook and climbing certificates (kindly provided by the Garrett County Historical Society). The views are reasonably good but mostly to the east over a large valley.
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The wooded summit of Backbone Mountain, also known as Hoye Crest, high point of Maryland (2013-07-15). Photo by Peter Stone.
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