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Ascent of Backbone Mountain on 2011-12-03

Climber: Jenn Grayson

Others in Party:Joe Bibeau
Date:Saturday, December 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Backbone Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:3360 ft / 1024 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike number 6 of 51 completed! Peak number 32. On the way to this peak we stopped at the smallest church in 48 states and the tiny post office located behind the church. After reading other hiker blogs on this particular hike I realized I read the words of others too literally or I am color blind, or things have changed since others have been to this peak. I had trouble finding the peak entrance and doubted myself at the beginning of the hike regardless of the quite obvious sign with an arrow pointing to a logging trail. But since I read other blogs that usually point me the right way I was religiously trying to find a white sign and the well marked green one stating "Maryland high point" just wasn't cutting it for me. After coming to my senses we parked next to the logger road. There is a thick wire that runs low to the ground preventing cars through, and the wire is hard to see as it blends into the grounds color. I attached a reflective piece of plastic to the wire that had broken off some poor suckers car who attempted to drive through it. Once on the trail I doubted my self again as the supposed red markers were actually orange and I was not about to go hiking accidentally up any mountain especially in open bear and deer hunting season! Not until about a third up the trail where alas I saw a red maker and HP marker did I relax. The trail its self is quite steep but short and rewarding. Our legs were aching from West Virginia high point the day before which made the hike seem extra hard. What I loved most about this hike were the tracks, trails, and markers. There was a 2 inch layer of snow on the ground revealing tracks of deer, rabbit, squirrel, dog, hunters, and us! On the trees there were orange, red, and HP spray painted frequently marking the way. Closer to the top past hikers had created small rock mountains and as you traveled the trail they led you to the high point. Of course Joe and I made one too! The high point offered a great view, and we loved the idea of the certificates located in the mail box. Dont forget to check out the carved stone marking the WV/ MD boarder located located near the top! Too bad this hike isn't located closer to home because we would love to add it to our frequent hike list!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1028 ft / 314 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Logging Trail
    Trailhead:2332 ft / 710 m
    Grade/Class:Steep
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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