Ascent of Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point on 2015-10-31

Climber: Matt Horbal

Date:Saturday, October 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Backbone Mountain-Preston County High Point
    Location:USA-West Virginia
    Elevation:3400 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

A reasonably good alternate route, if not tagging the MD HP on the same outing. I parked at the base of FR-225 (39.22347, -79.50965) on the opposite side of the highway. FR-225 was gated shortly off the highway with Forest Service signage that indicated that non-motorized use was permissible. From the gate follow the most used road, there are a few less worn/more deteriorated side roads, until 39.22535, -79.50135 turning a hard right uphill again following old road. This appears to join Mr. Poulin's route from Backbone Mountain at this point. Follow this road uphill until around approximately 39.22291, -79.50227 when you need to turn uphill toward a large wind turbine. It's a not awesome, but not awful bushwack of about 0.1 mile to the HP. I found a rock outcropping at 39.22203, -79.50166 that I'm fairly certain was higher that the PB coordinates. RT 2 miles
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Trailhead:FR- 225  2950 ft / 899 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Horbal
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