While I was here this weekend, I noticed no "MD HP" on any signs at/near the parking area off Highway 219. However, there is a small white sign stating "Maryland Highpoint" located high in a tree directly above the parking area.
Was just up there today (10/16/2011) as #2 of 3 for the day (PA and WV also). There is a green sign with white lettering on 219 and there are parking areas on both sides of the road. The cable across the logging road had been cut, but still dont recommend driving up this logging road. A few hundred yards into the hike, you will see a red sign pointing to the left...this is NOT the left hand turn mentioned in the main description. About 0.5 miles in, there is a right hand turn in the road with orange spraypaint on a rock "HP" with an arrow showing the way. Where the left hand diversion is that is mentioned in the main post, there is a relatively good sized cairn there and from there to the summit there are numerous cairns along the way. Where the trail splits, going to the left also takes you to a WV/MD state line marker. Either the lefthand trail or the righthand trail takes you to a logging road with some very new signage pointing to the summit. At the summit there is a very conveniently placed shelf to set a camera for a timed photo in front of the sign. Seems to be an overall big improvement from earlier conditions.
Someone spray painted red HP letters on numerous trees on the path to the high point. It's now very easy to follow the trail and it's on a logging road almost the entire way. There is also a mailbox with a sign in notebook at the high point along with a metal park bench. The picture taking stand and picnic table are still there.
Hello, I'm heading here tomorrow afternoon, and I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is one there, as I've read elsewhere that there doesn't appear to be on at the summit of Backbone.
There are new green and white signs along US 219 that say MD High Point. The trail has orange spray painted "HP" markings along the way. The elevation gain is 712 feet in 1.1 mile, a steady 12% grade up a rocky trail. There is alternate access from the south and east that's suitable for mountain bikes(park in the Fairfax Stone park in WV) and its a 5.7 mile ride up a logging road to the summit. This trail general follows the MD/WV state line.
We saw only one sign along Rt. 219 and that was found when driving from the south but directions found on SP and elsewhere provided sufficient indication of the trailhead location.
Yes, there are many new looking HP marker signs along the trail as well as spray painted HPs on the trees. The trail was a bit steep in a couple places but well-marked with the signs and cairns. We were the only people out there on a Wednesday but several had hiked up the day before as well as quite a few over the prior weekend.
And the picnic table is no longer at the summit but the certificates and HP book can still be found!
Ignore the written directions and follow the signs/marked trees/red blazes to the top.
We ignored the sign, as instructed by the directions, and ended up scrambling over rocks and trees until we reached the top. The whole time there was a raging debate about why there would be such a well-made sign if hikers weren't to follow it. This argument was bolstered by the lack of cairns. However, previous experiences in the Mon Nat'l Forest made us trust the written directions rather than signs. We got a good laugh when we descended using the very well-marked trail and emerged...at the sign!
I went up to the top on 7-3-16 and here is a pic of the split on the trail that is being debated on other posts. Stay the Left and you will be perfect. Also, please enjoy this pic of the green & white sign showing where the trailhead is.....I drove right by it and was looking hard for it....