Mount Davis, PA

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Summary

  • Elevation:  3,213 ft / 980 m
  • Distance:  Drive-up
  • Time:  ~1 hour
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Weather:  Good

Two Summits of Mount Davis in One Day

I was staying in Morgantown, WV, after visiting Spruce Knob and Backbone Mountain the day before.  My plan for the day, was to visit Mount Davis over in Pennsylvania as my first thing for the day and then spend the rest of the day knocking around Coopers Rock State Forest and Morgantown.  Morgantown is about 55 miles from Mount Davis, and is an easy 1 hour drive through rolling hills.  After spending the day before driving and hiking through cold, fog, rain, snow, and mud, I was really hoping for better weather and some good views.  As luck would have it, I got to see Mount Davis in poor weather and also in good weather.  Here’s what happened.
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Backbone Mountain, MD

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Summary

  • Elevation:  3,360 ft / 1,025 m
  • Distance:  2 miles Round-trip
  • Time:  ~1 hour
  • Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Weather:  Cold/Snow/Sleet/Fog

Getting There

My plan was to drive directly to Backbone Mountain from Spruce Knob. My phone had lost its GPS signal in the area around Spruce Knob, so I was flying blind for the most part. I knew I had to drive north to get to Backbone Mountain, so I was using a vague memory of the roadmap and the compass on my rear-view mirror. So I continued north on State Route 28 at Seneca Rocks instead of taking US 33 to the west. Fortunately, I stopped a few miles into this route and was able to get enough of the map on my phone to figure out the correct route.

The entire area around Seneca Rocks and beyond was water-logged from the rain, which must’ve been fairly significant.  The rivers and streams that I observed from the road were spilling over their banks in some places (see photos below).
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Spruce Knob, WV

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Summary

  • Elevation:  4,861 ft / 1,483 m
  • Distance:  ~0.3 miles Round-trip
  • Time:  <1 hour
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Weather:  Cold/Windy/Fog

Getting There

I woke up earlier than I had expected.  Somehow when I set my alarm clock, I had accidentally moved the hour up by one.  So I got up at 4:30 AM instead of 5:30 AM like I had intended.  I didn’t realize it until I looked at my cell phone and saw the time.  But I was sort of glad since I was eager to get going on my trip to Spruce Knob.  I had been keeping an eye on the weather all week.  The forecast had seemed OK for the most part.  Read more >>

Plans for 2018

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As of this posting, I have a total of 14 high points under my belt.  The highest peak to date is 8th highest on the list – Wheeler Peak, New Mexico.  I’ve also bagged the lowest “peak” at Britton Hill, Florida.  I’ve taken a good chunk out of the south and southeast (see map), and a piece of the southwest as well.  I hate to play favorites, because each high point has its own special charm.  But I really enjoyed climbing the higher peaks in New Mexico and Arizona.  I’ve also enjoyed other activities and seeing new places and scenery along the way.  Visiting The Grand Canyon in Arizona after climbing Humphreys Peak comes to mind.

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