Third highpoint in one day along with PN and MD. About 12-18 inches of snow on the peak along with high winds and 23 degrees temps made the drive up and the sprint to the tower a little challenging but It was a beautiful winter wonderland.
Not much of a challenge when you pretty much drive right up to the top. A very nice view though with a decent tower. My daughter loved the boulder area slightly below the summit.
Nice bouldering near the summit
This was the first of three state highpoints for the day. Maybe it was the early hour but I was the only one there. It is or was a surprisingly undeveloped in the area. Good views from the tower.
I (with my wife (Tracy) and son (Alex), then almost 2 yrs old) did this as part of our first family HP trip.
It was late in the day and we arrived at the top (driving, of course) at sunset. I recommend this - it was beautiful. There was a photographer there, too, capturing the sunset.
I was anticipating a big hike up the mountain to Spruce Knob, due to road construction which was supposed to start the day before at the Intersection of FR-104 & FR-112. To my surprise, and delight, construction was delayed and I was able to park at the actual parking lot. The view from this highpoint is spectacular. This was the first of seven HPs (plus Washington, D.C.) I would reach in two days' time. HP #25 for me!!! Halfway there!!!
Last of 3 highpoints in 24 hours. Drove to the area from NYC the night before and was able to hit Mt. Davis before nightfall. Got up early and made it to Backbone and Spruce Knob the by the next afternoon. Great trip, amazing countryside everywhere. Not too hard on my legs, I have to give my truck the majority of the credit for surving it all.
Drove up to this highpoint with my wife after reaching the top of Maryland just a bit earlier. Prettiest views I have seen from the East Coast mountains so far, although I know there are better ones coming. Beautiful drive to the top though. Whispering Spruce trail is definately worth the 5-10 minute stroll. The views from the trail are better than from the tower.
The brutal 900 foot hike from the parking lot up top. Did this at the end of a 30-mile hiking weekend so I didn't feel too guilty.
Beautiful views. HP #6 for the Mrs., #8 for me.
Drove up for a cloudy and windy sunrise. Just as the sun came up the snow started to fall.
I hiked up here as part of a soggy backpacking trip with Eric Wentzel and Jimmy Kale in fall 1993 (I think).
Made the summit on Feb 9th, 2008, on a cold and windy day. I could not find the USGS marker. I did find a hole I thought it once sat in. Shame.
FINAL PK OF A SWING THRU PA/MD/WV FROM OHIO. ICE FOG COATED THE TREES AND MADE THE DRIVE TREACHEROUS
A great early winter overnight over the Huckleberry Trail. The ridge has a nice open feel in places as though it brushes treeline--more like the New England ranges than anything farther south.
Short on time so I drove to the parking lot near the summit and walked the short trail to the tower. I'll have to visit again to hike to the top.
I was in DC for some meetings and wanted to pick up the 3 state highpoints in the area so I did a whilwind tour of WV, PA, and MD.
My family was on vacation in nearby Black Water Falls State Park and decided to climb this mountain. Actually did it in reverse. Since we could not find a hiking trail on the drive up, we started at the top, hiked down and then back up to our car.
Beautiful park. It was 75F and breezy at the top, probably 95F in the valley. Highly recommend the side trip to Spruce Knob Lake. The dogs had a great time swimming in it!