Backbone Mountain Climber's Log

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ToqWatts - Jun 17, 2023 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2023

Tough climb  Sucess!

This is a very rocky climb. The trail was a bit muddy in spots from recent rains.

We got to this peak just about dinner time. Temps were great (around 65°) for the hike with a slight breeze to keep the sweat off.

This was stop two for the day. We started at Mount Davis in PA, and are continuing on to Spruce knob in WV for the trifecta today.


pjskeleton - May 29, 2023 10:51 am Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2020

US State Highpoint 3/50  Sucess!

Third US state highpoint for me, accidentally bushwhacked it instead of using a trail because I couldn’t get a GPS fix on or find the trailhead, whoops.


Dundeel - Sep 20, 2022 3:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2022

State Highpoint #28  Sucess!

HP brand painted on trees to show the way. The road/route skirts a clearcut but I had no trouble with mud.


admiralcapn - Feb 27, 2022 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2021

HP #26  Sucess!

A rainy day camping led us to drive north in the hopes that Maryland would be dry. It wasn't, but my 6-yo son and I trudged up to the top, took pics, and trudged back down. Oh well!


DSimm81 - Dec 28, 2021 9:10 am Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2021

HP# 8  Sucess!

Had a couple weeks off from work, decided to take a trip to the East from IL to hit a bunch of HPs. (HP 5 of 9 during this trip.) Nice little mile or so hike up to the top, nice view. Rock pile, picnic bench, and mailbox with register. Couldn't find the USGS marker, hopefully people weren't dumb enough to build the rock pile on top of it.

2timconnie - Nov 20, 2021 3:53 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2021

Hoyt-Crest  Sucess!

Easy to follow trail.

jgoodsnyder - Nov 9, 2021 9:11 am Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2021

High Point #17  Sucess!

Beautiful spot in the woods and had some great lighting with the setting sun! Would definitely come back.


MW - Jul 6, 2021 11:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2019

Highpoint #11  Sucess!

Mostly easy highpoint but enjoyed actually having some elevation gain. Decent trail and decent views, certainly more exciting than just off the road highpoints.

Video here:


PaHiker - Apr 11, 2021 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2021

Front end is pretty bad  Sucess!

West Virginia is doing something there, maybe clearcutting for more windmills, not sure, but the first 1/3 of the hike is a muddy, torn up mess. The rest is pretty good.


paulwood68 - Mar 14, 2021 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2021

Highest Point in Maryland - Hoye Crest  Sucess!

Hiked with Christine, Lance, Luke, Levi, Jake and Theo

WIHighPointer - Jan 14, 2021 8:30 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2021

HP #22, Backbone Mtn, MD  Sucess!

Holy crap. I used the WV trail to summit the MD Highpoint as darkness began. There is a sign on the WV highway pointing toward the hill indicating the Maryland Highpoint but there was no trailhead. I went a bit back downhill from the sign, found a narrow gravel road and decided to drive it as far as I could. About 100 meters up there is a parking lot and that is the trailhead. Other hikers had parked on the highway and walked this stretch. I had a Chevy Suburban and knew it could get up me up there to park is the soft muddy parking lot.
The hike was a nightmare because that WV side of the mountain had recently been logged and a lot of debris was strewn everywhere along with active erosion and a drizzly rain. The dirt "road" was very soft mud with water running down the ruts. Some previous HighPointer had spray painted "HP" on trees leading up the mountain to keep hikers on track. Thank you!

The mud was so soft than during descent in the dark I sunk each foot about 6 inches into the mud, my boots are 7 inches tall.

At the summit, there is a bench, picnic table, HP mailbox, a four foot high cairn that may have a USGS marker under it, I have no idea and there is no reception up there.

If you use the WV route up be prepared for mud.

loonlaugh - Nov 16, 2020 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2020

Recently logged  Sucess!

Trail was an awful mess due to recent and ongoing logging activity. The whole MD side has a muddy, post-apocalyptical aesthetic now. It is a very muddy and difficult slog until you get to the upper third of the trail.


Defin3d - Oct 10, 2020 1:39 am

Check  Sucess!

2 down. 48 to go

Bigmike61 - Jul 2, 2020 5:39 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2020

Mike and Ben  Sucess!

Beautiful day to hike

travelingronman - Mar 15, 2020 10:28 am Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2020

bad weather

very rainy and no view but was able to summit it

tsbocook - Jan 6, 2020 9:45 am Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2019

HP #10  Sucess!

This is a pleasant climb, parking is a little iffy


chasesax - Aug 12, 2019 12:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

HP #2  Sucess!

A surprisingly decent little hike! Maybe about 30 minutes from the trailhead. Decent grade up the hike (given the modest altitude for a high point). The views from the clearings at the top of the mountain/hill are well worth it. High pointers be sure to sign the log up there! Weather was perfect in August.


mgriffis - Feb 12, 2019 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2018

HP #18  Sucess!

Beautiful fall afternoon; clear trail with some mud


KellyGoat - Jan 16, 2019 7:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2018

Worlds Largest Cairn  Sucess!

A lovely hike to a breathtaking view. Placed a rock on what is the largest cairn I have ever seen.


radbb - Dec 26, 2018 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2018

Parking area and Trail covered in Ice and Snow  Sucess!

2/3 HP's today. Sunny and calm conditions. 20deg F. Parking area was completely snow and ice covered. The trail up was a bit dicey. 6-12" of snow and packed ice conditions. The trail is well marked and well blazed. Beautiful view at the top, bright sunshine... In the sign in register, the previous guy left a cliff bar (nice gesture). I was starving and thirsty but did not take it...

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