Ascent of Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point on 2001-05-25

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Friday, May 25, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:3400 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had just visited Hoye Crest (Maryland's HP), then backtracked to highway US-219 inside West Virginia and drove two miles south to a dirt road that offers access to the forested highpoint of Preston County. This road is gated, but a sign mentions that hikers are welcome.

I hiked up the road heading northeast, then came to an old power-line clearing, an open swath of grass extending in a straight line as far as I could see. There were no poles anymore. I decided to charge directly uphill and meet the ridge this way, rather than the road.

The highpoint of Preston County is in the woods south of the clearing at the ridge where I now stood. I entered the woods and stayed close to the ridge, trying to avoid the downed trees, jumbly undergrowth and large rocks. The bushwhacking wasn't too bad, with mostly ferns and vines down low, and a 6-inch padding of leaves and moss on the ground. I had to step carefully as sometimes I would break through this mat into a hole or something.

I kept at my task, surmounting rock piles and always spotting higher land farther south. After 20 minutes, I came to a very large rocky outcrop that was significantly higher than the land around it. I climbed these rocks, and out to a pillar set off by itself that appeared to be the highest point, and scanned the area. The land to the south started to drop in elevation.

I retraced my route, and I was back to my car after a round-trip time of 90 minutes and about 2.5 miles and 400 feet of gain. From here I proceeded to Spruce Knob.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:400 ft / 122 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Trailhead:3000 ft / 914 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail

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