Eric and I headed down to
to pick up some high points and visit a few other locations along the way. It was a short trip, only about 48 hours but we packed in a lot of running and driving. Washington DC
Arrived in DC and headed to
Fort Reno for the DC . Total climb was about 35’ from high point Belt Rd NW to the “summit”. We only spent a few minutes taking pictures then headed off to Rock Creek bike path for an easy 6 mile run to get the legs loosened up.
Thirty miles later we were near the summit of
(the highest point in PA) in fog and rain. We headed out for a 6 mile run on the dirt roads in the park. It took a while to warm up, Eric brought gloves but I had only one long-sleeve shirt and didn’t want to use it until I “really” needed it. We dropped about 700’ in three miles before turning around and running back up to the top. The climb to the summit included maybe 10’ of vertical from the parking lot. We got some pictures and skipped climbing the tower as visibility was near zero. Mount Davis
Next up was a 25 mile drive to the point where MD, PA, and WV meet. Sometimes the tri-state points have interesting markers, and it wasn’t too far out of our way. We had planned on running up the powerline or the pipeline (the marker was where the two met) but both had not path and there were a lot of no trespassing signs. Eric got us permission from the farm that is just south of the state line in WV to run up the dirt road. It was a little over a mile to the marker and we added on some running on the road to get in three miles.
On the 45 mile drive to
Backbone Mountain (the highest point in ) we made a quick stop at the smallest church and smallest mail delivery in the lower 48. It was pretty much pouring rain when we got to the trailhead for Backbone but 5 minutes later it was just drizzling so we headed out. The 700’ climb was a bit rough due to the rain and the somewhat eroded trail. There appeared to be a lot more logging near the summit than I remembered from my visit in 2009. We signed in, took a few pictures and zipped back down. Maryland
Sixty-five miles later we arrived in drizzle and fog (go figure!) at the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point in WV. Again we decided on another three mile run. So we dropped down about 300’ during our run and added the extra 10’ from the parking lot to the summit. We took a couple of quick pictures and got out of there. It was raining heavily when we completed our final
of the day. high point
We drove back to DC (180 miles) and called it a day. On Sunday morning we were up before the sun and off for an 8 mile run that included visiting the tri-point where DC/MD/VA meet. We had a heck of a time navigating to this one despite carrying a decent map. I swear the sunrise was in the NORTH. Our final trek of the day was a visit to the
Alexandria City County . We parked on the grounds of the Episcopal high school. Thanks to the early hour (630am) no one was out and about except a friendly local cat that seemed very happy to accompany us. By 9am we were on our way back North with our full slate of plans completed. high point
Eric now has 29 state high points (plus DC) and I increased my
total to 184. I’m hoping to get to 200 by the end of the year. County High Point