Photos Of Our Hike To Backbone Mountain (Elevation 3,360 Feet) In Western Maryland - August 22, 2008
After visiting Mount Davis, the Pennsylvania High Point,
Bernie and I drove to western Maryland to hike Maryland's high point. At least this one
required hiking. Our hike was a 700 foot ascent in a distance of
one mile (one way).
Directions from the north: Travel on State Highway 219 south in western Maryland and drive into West Virginia.
At Silver Lake, West Virginia, there is a junction of Highways 24 (on the right - going west) and Highway 219.
From this point, the trailhead is 1.1 miles south on Highway 219 on the left. Park on the highway's
shoulder and hike up the dirt road. The road is on private property, so be respectful and don't wonder off the trail.
There are numerous orange blazes on trees guiding high pointers to the summit. Near the top, the route turns
left onto a clearly marked trail with large cairns. Interestingly, much of this hike is located in
West Virginia with only a few hundred feet in Maryland.
Do enjoy the video of Bernie at the bottom of the page. I think it is a fun one!
I have really caught the high pointing bug! :)
Right Photo: Myself and Bernie standing on Backbone Mountain, the highest point in Maryland. We had the entire mountain to ourselves!
Hike To Backbone Mountain, Maryland
A wooden sign on a tree at the trailhead on Highway 219 in West Virginia.
As I said, there are numerous orange blazes
on trees and conspicuous markings
like this one.
There was one nice view that had some trees knocked down.
Somewhere out there is the headwaters to the Potomac River.
Two miscellaneous photos.
I have begun the
habit of texting people to declare when I am standing at the loftiest points
in U.S. states and
Special thanks to my bottle of Gatorade. Friends, if you are an experienced hiker,
this hike will not be a huge deal, but don't be overconfident.
There are a few steep sections of trail that will kick your
if you don't take the trail seriously.
Nearby is a marker for the vertical border
between West Virginia and Maryland.