Maryland: Backbone Mountain (3,360ft)
Hoye-Crest is a summit along
Backbone Mountain just inside of Garrett County, Maryland. It is the highest natural point in Maryland at an elevation of 3,360 feet (1,020 m).
The location, named for Captain Charles Hoye, founder of the Garrett County Historical Society, has a marker and offers a view of the North Branch Potomac River valley to the east. The location is accessible via a path leading from U.S. Route 219 to the west.
There is no direct road access to Backbone Mountain. The best route is a hike in from a point along U.S. Route 219 just south of Silver Lake, West Virginia at 39°14′43″N 79°29′30″W. From here, one ascends Backbone Mountain along an old road and hiking trail on Monongahela National Forest property to the West Virginia-Maryland state line. The trail then heads north along the state line to the high point. Hoye-Crest sits on private property, though access is permitted.
Trip Leader: David "Hoot" Gibson
Nearest Base: 167th Air National Guard Base, WV
Trip Date: Saturday 8 Nov 2014
The following seven airman and a friend pictured above hiked to the summit of Maryland on Saturday 8 November: