Ascent of Backbone Mountain in 2006-08

Climber: Victor Zhou

Date:August, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail to Backbone Mtn. actually starts on Rt. 202 in West Virginia. The trailhead was not easy to find; I think I passed it a few times before finally seeing a small sign on the side of the road.

The trail to the summit, more of a dirt road, really, is actually a surprisingly tough one, gaining 1000 feet in one mile. It is not too steep, but rather a sustained incline with no relief until you are almost to the top. Failing to stretch before starting on a strenuous pace, my right knee began to hurt more and more. After gaining most of the elevation, the trail narrows and continues through the woods for a few minutes before reaching the top of Maryland. At the top there is a sign, a picnic table, and only one small, spurious view to the west.

My knee continued to hurt on my way back to the car, and by the time I was in the Spruce Knob/Seneca Rocks area a few hours later in the day I seriously had trouble just standing up. I was starting to have serious doubts of my previous plan to hike Mt. Rogers the next day.
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