Drove down from Pittsburgh with Sarah for a trifecta highpoint weekend. We hit Mt Davis and Backbone Mountain on Oct 23rd with fellow SPer xDoogiex. Sarah and I then hit Spruce Knob the following morning. We timed the autumn color change perfectly. Sadly, it was foggy on the 23rd and our visibility was pretty limited. Happily, we woke up the next morning to clear skies and were able to enjoy beautiful views on Spruce Knob.
Fun little hike. Somewhat hard to find, but managed to see the little "Maryland Highpoint" sign way up in the trees. Very appropriate name for a spiny little backbone on the high point of the hill.
Easy hike, wet and damp out. No view. But another highpoint down!
And the marker on the rocky path at the summit is not for the Mason-Dixon line.
For Pete's sake, I got really tired from this puny hike. Errk! But it was a nice hike, the view was pretty, and the early morning smells were quite pleasant.
View from the top is rare for an eastern highpoint without an observation tower. Thanks to whoever cut those trees down!
Well, no!! But evidently the first ascent documented on Summitpost.org! My daughter Vanessa and I hiked to the summit while on our 3-state (PA, MD, WV) highpoint trip in May, 1987. Maryland/Backbone Mountain was our 20th highpoint in first 21 months of our quest which ended in 2009 after I reached my 49 state high points. .
Dodged raindrops on the way up but the sun broke at the top rewarding us with beautiful views. The nearby state line monument was an interesting side trip.
I got the idea to climb the highest fifty points in the US so I decided to find a list online and lo and behold! Highpointing is a hobby! Sweet. I drug my girlfriend to the top of Backbone days later, and she was making fun of me the whole time until she saw the mailbox with the certificates and logbook inside. Now she's into it too!
Justin Boyle HP #8, Luis Matallana HP #9
5 of 6 HPs for the weekend.
It is easier finding the trailhead (on the left) while traveling southbound on US 219. We missed it going northbound and had to turn around.
Found the trailhead on the side of 219 past the little church. Started out following the red blaze markings on the trees which mark the National forest boundary, Luckily ended up on the right trail, the red 'HP' markers. About a foot of snow on the ground but a great hike! Backbone was my 2nd of 3 highpoints for the day.
After spending a few weekends at Deep Creek Lake, I started looking for some new places to hike and stumbled across a webpage about highpointing. It peaked my interest and the rest is history. Backbone Mountain was my first highpoint. My 7 year old daugther also made this summit with me.
Climbed at about 3am and saw dozens of glowing eyes in our headlamps from all the deer. Kind of creepy.
This was part of a trip to climb the state highpoints in the region. I had just finished Spruce Knob in West Virginia and was making my way north. Enjoyed the singing Black-Throated Blue Warblers along the way. I don't seem them in Colorado.
I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 2 yrs old) did this as part of our first family HP trip.
I put Alex in the Kelty kid-carrying backpack and we climbed to the summit. Not much of a view, as I recall, but we met the Elliotts (who maintained the trail) on the way up - nice people.
This is a nice hike through beautiful woodland to reach the highpoint. The HP, itself, looks different than the rest of the route, but that's not too surprising because many HPs are like that. This was the second of seven HPs (plus Washington, D.C.) I would reach in two days' time. HP #26 for me.
Up and down in an hour-plus; nice trail. Driving by I almost missed the trailhead, but once located it was easy enough to follow the trail. View from the summit was a bonus. So was a quick stop at the smallest church.
After stopping at the smallest church in the lower 48 states I went right past the trailhead. After a few miles I turned around and found it. Then again I blew right by the trail off the logging road, but realized that pretty quickly and turned around. Finally made the summit, turned around and headed to Spruce Knob.
Climbed on May 27th, and mistook the MD/WV border for the actual highpoint. Then got home and realized I actually did not make it to the top. Climbed again with my wife this time and made the extra 200 yards or so to the real highpoint. Beautiful day, relaxing hike. Glad to have it done for real.
End of a long day. Actually got some decent views up top.