Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2018-03-09

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, March 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Right after driving 646 miles from southeastern NH, I parked off US 219 by the "Maryland High Point" sign and did an out and back via the logging road trail to the 3,360 ft. summit. Anywhere from 5-6 inches to 1-2 feet of unbroken powder along the trail, so I used snowshoes roundtrip. The last section before the summit area climbed at a steady grade and was a good leg workout, particularly with snowshoes and breaking trail. Good views from the summit (although restricted by low clouds). Signed the summit register, took some pics, hung around for a bit, and headed back the way I came.

Had the whole place to myself, which isn't something often said about state high point trips/hikes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:High point trail
    Trailhead:US 219  2660 ft / 810 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes

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