Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2013-08-02

Climber: Bill Reese

Others in Party:Ida and Kaitlin
Date:Friday, August 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Stop #2 on our trip. We left Mt. Davis and traveled south on 219. The trail starts in West Virginia and crosses into Maryland on the way up. There is a pullout marked Maryland High Point just after the World's Smallest Church. If heading south it is just a few bends away from the church, if heading north and you pass the church you went a bit too far. The church is really nice and you can go inside and look around. The trail up is steep and is basically a Jeep trail. Very rocky and muddy in places with all the rain lately. It goes into a trail near the top and the trail markers can be misleading, just keep heading to the higher ground. There was a mailbox at the top with certificates of completion, but it was empty except for one that had local sentiments written on it. There are some great views at the top, but not a 360, mostly to the east over a large valley basin. Not sure if there was a seal, we didn't see one. There is a picnic table at the top and a plaque with a stone tower.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:700 ft / 214 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:road turnout  2660 ft / 810 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
sunny, 75 degrees
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes

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