Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2016-10-07

Climber: Jason Vogler

Date:Friday, October 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

It took about 2 hours to drive to the trailhead of Backbone mountain. It was just south of the smallest church in the lower 48 states. Also the smallest post office for that matter. In anycase it was right off the main road as I parked on an extended shoulder next to the sign that said "maryland Highpoint". It was cloudy and there was a storm to the south of me. The hwy I was on was 219 but there apparently is another way you can climb the mountain from the Maryland side...I was in a hurry so I did it from the WV side.

The mountain was not very steep but it was muddy for the first 1/4 mile. There was some construction project going on but the trail was pretty clearly marked so no problems navigating. The trail takes you up to the top of the ridge at around 3/4 of a mile and then you make your way north once you get to the top of the ridge. I took a small side trip to an old West virginia/Maryland boundary marker that was kind of cool.

I then finished the last 100 yards or so to the top of Backbone Mountain. The views on the top of the ridge were not to bad as you look directly into Maryland to the east. It was pretty windy with the storms blowing in so I didn't stay very long but there were several Highpointers artifacts to take note of so I took my standard photo's.

Back out in about 15 minutes as the downhill was fast with no side trips to take. The entire thing only took an hour so that worked out well. I was done with the 2nd highpoint and I had been worried about this one as it was going to be the longest of the 3 that I was going to be working on that day. Next up PA.

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