Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2016-09-17

Climber: Chris Gordon

Date:Saturday, September 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Made the trip in the early afternoon. Driving on Route 219 (in West Virginia) there is a very noticeable sign on the highway stating "Maryland Highpoint" with an arrow pointing up the mountain. The sign is on the opposite side of the road from the hike and is not actually where the logging road meets the highway, but it is only about 100-200 feet away. Pretty easy to figure out.

This route is incredibly easy to follow now. Someone has regularly spray-painted in orange paint "HP" along trees on the logging road and pathway, sometimes with arrows pointing the way. There are also separate triple slash orange lines regularly on trees as well. Though there is no sign at the trailhead, there are several new bright red signs along the trail at certain junctures which also point the way. No need to bother with reading directions for which trail to take or where to turn or anything like that anymore. Just follow the very well marked trail all the way to the summit. Probably easier to just turn your brain off instead of worrying about where to go.

The view faces east from the summit and was clearing up a but while I was up there. Very pretty. There were a few other people on the summit when I arrived, though they clearly had not come from the trail I followed as there were no other cars parked on the highway. Looks like there are probably several other ways to make the summit if you know about them. Had a nice chat for a bit with them -- locals from Maryland.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Maryland High Point Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Warm and Muggy

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