Backbone Mountain

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Highest point in Maryland.

Elevation (feet): 3,360
Elevation (meters): 1,024
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Maryland
Latitude: 39.2333
Longitude: -79.4833
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov
First successful climber(s): Hoye
Nearest major airport: Morgantown
Convenient Center: Oakland

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 10 trip reports for Backbone Mountain.

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  • Log #22435 - by Steve Gruhn on Oct 10, 2013
    Followed the painted trees to the summit.
  • Log #22430 - by Caj E Svensson on Oct 10, 2013
    Eva and I just found out about Highpointing and made a not to long road trip from Murrysville, PA, were we live. We parked the rental along the road and made a quick ascent up the hill. Took a...
  • Log #13018 - by Yury Konev on July 26, 2004
    Tried driving up the rough logging road, but that was a mistake. Drove in reverse back down to the trailhead, and hiked up the logging road instead. Afterwards, the real trail begins, which is just a...
  • Log #13019 - by Glenn Thomas on Mar 16, 2004
    Made the mistake of trying to drive up the logging road (sight unseen) - Bad idea. I am new to highpointing, but it was a very "friendly" experinece to reach the top and find certificates....
  • Log #13020 - by Lyle, Matt, Aaron, Josh Biddinger on Jan 05, 2004
    20th Highpoint Nice New Years day hike. Great Weather. Being from Dallas the boys like the snow. Went on to Mt Davis.
  • Log #13021 - by Joe & Nathan Wonsetler on Jan 04, 2004
    Looking at other descriptions I wonder how many did the peak of Backbone which is in WV and how many did Hoye-Crest, the official high point of MD on the border and the northeast ridge of Backbone?...
  • Log #13023 - by Keith Levchenko on Dec 17, 2002
    My family and I decided to take a morning trip to Backbone Mountain during our stay at Deep Creek Lake. We had a hard time finding the trail from the road. In fact, I parked the minivan with my wife...
  • Log #13025 - by Chris Gilsdorf on Nov 26, 2001
    Dad and I took the less conventional route, up the power lines then along the ridge. I suggest it for winter, but probably too overgrown to do easily in the summer. Involves moderate class 2...
  • Log #13026 - by Michael Huffman on Apr 24, 2001
    I almost fell off but my brother saved me I almost had a heart attack after that day It scares the living Hell out of me!!!!
  • Log #13027 - by Chris Swansiger on Jan 28, 2001
    Read a comprehensive trip report and see pictures and other info at my website!