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Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2018-08-31

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Friday, August 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approaching from the south on US219, the trailhead may sneak up on you. You still have a couple of miles to drive in West Virginia when you see a green sign for the Maryland High Point on the west (left) side of the road, pointing east. There's plenty of room to park on the shoulder of US219. I tried driving up the logging road but was blocked by a puddle just 100 yards in. Even if you can drive past that, you can only continue about 100 more yards to a parking area. Beyond that, the road is bermed.

The hike is surprisingly steep but easy to follow with red HP blazed on dozens of trees, plus signs at important junctions. When the old road reaches the ridgeline, turn left and follow the signed path to the highpoint. Stay with the trail when it goes slightly downhill to bypass a rocky section where an obelisk marks the Maryland-West Virginia state line.

My 15th state high point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Highpoint trail
    Trailhead:US219  2660 ft / 810 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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