Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2011-12-25

Climber: Douglas Knipple

Others in Party:Angela Knipple
Date:Sunday, December 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

219 South; past Silver Lake WV you'll soon see the "smallest church". Approximately 0.6 miles and after the second yellow 'sharp turn arrow' you'll immediately see the "Maryland Highpoint" sign on the right as well as a small pull off to the right. (It sneaks up on you. It seems like the green/white sign is new.) Hike back towards the curve (north) and take the dirt road up. There are red spray painted HPs on the trees and numerous cairns as you near the top. There is a left turn near the top of the ridge marked by cairns. Take this and make your way along the ridge. You'll pass a turn to the marker for the WV/MD border and soon see very bright red and white signs for the high point. They just logged the area and must have replaced all of the old signs. A nice view from the peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:670 ft / 204 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:670 ft / 204 m
    Start Trailhead:Rt. 219 Pull off.  2690 ft / 819 m
Descent Statistics

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