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From Rt. 219

From Rt. 219

From Rt. 219

Page Type: Route

Location: Maryland, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.24500°N / 79.492°W

Object Title: From Rt. 219

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Walk-up

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Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: May 8, 2004 / Dec 11, 2004

Object ID: 160912

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To get to Backbone Mountain, the highpoint of Maryland, take I-68 West to route 219 in Western Maryland. Go all the way down to near the West Virginia line. You will pass route 50, then you will pass the "smallest church in all 48 states" and you see Backbone Mountain on the left. About 1 mile up, on the left is a small white sign that says Maryland Highpoint.

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Route Description

Take the trail right off the road. Follow red 'HP' marks up the steep trail. It gets steeper and steeper as you go up. About a mile in, you follow red marks and go left towards the highpoint. You will see a small red sign to the MD/WV marker and the highpoint.

(*See photo below)

You will go downhill for a bit, but do not worry, you will reach the top, where you will see the sign for Hoye Crest, and the top of Maryland.

Essential Gear

Bring lots of water, this sucker is steep!

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