Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2010-08-08

Climber: Drew Gajan

Date:Sunday, August 8, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Most diffocult part of this ascent was finding the trailhead. It is literally 0.5 miles beyond the entrance to the Little Church road. A jeep track heads off the left as Rt. 219 bends right.

Easy to Moderate hike following the jeep track most fo the way to the summit. Where the trail diverges from the rocky path, it is well marked by cairns. Although faded, there are distinct markings, such as "HP ->" on many larger trees.

There is little spur off the trail to mark the state line between WV and MD. Took me 24m30s to reach the summit. Not much to see, escpecially with light fog, but there is the Hoye-Crest placard to mark the summit. Also, sign the log book in the mailbox.

Made it down in 18m22s.

Temp ~65 degrees F
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:670 ft / 204 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Backbone Mountain High Point Trail
    Trailhead:Rt. 219 Pull off WV  2690 ft / 819 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm
Partly Cloudy w/light fog at summit
Ascent Statistics
    Time:24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:19 Minutes

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