Saturday, January 1, 2000

Backbone Mountain, Maryland (3,360)

4th High Point Visited
32nd Highest State High Point
22nd Most Difficult

Backbone Mountain (3,360) was 2nd on our journey of three HP's. We hoped to reach this spot by dark after a late start hiking out of the woods from New Years Eve and getting lost trying to find Pennsylvania's HP.

We followed Rt 219 and drove right by an old logging road that we needed to hike up to the summit. We started up the slushy snowy muddy road with cairns marking the path all the way to the top. It was very steep and we rushed to beat the sun going down.

The marker was along the Pennsylvania / Maryland border. I thought I found our mark, but it was a state line marker. The real maker was another hundred feet, a sign on top of the mountain. A mailbox had a register, we were the first people in 2000!

Others were there two days prior and there were tracks was still partially visible in the snow. We hiked back down in the dark happy to achieved two HP's in one day.

Should we be in the Guiness for this?

Backbone Mountain (3,360), Maryland - State Highpoint #4


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