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Near Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hoye ~ Crest

 
 
Hoye-Crest Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
1. Hoye-Crest Marker
Inscription. Highest point in Maryland: Backbone Mountain, Garrett County, 3360 feet above sea level. Named for Captain Charles E. Hoye, founder of the Garrett County Historical Society. Dedicated September 1, 1952.
 
Erected 1952 by the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 14.245′ N, 79° 29.122′ W. Marker is near Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 219 5.5 miles south of U.S. 50, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the crest of the mountain, accessible only on foot. Access to this Maryland landmark is via a one mile hike from the the trailhead on U.S. 219 in West Virginia 2½ miles south of the Maryland line. This area is on the left side of the road when traveling south and less than one mile south of the "Smallest Church in the 48 States" in Silver Lake, West Virginia. The trail is marked at the road with a red "MD" and an arrow painted on the back of a road sign visible on the left side of US 219 when traveling south. The trail is described to be "on a moderate pitch" and is well marked with red "HP" (High Point) blazes. Most cars can negotiate the Jeep road a few hundred feet up to a parking area. If you would rather not, there is a wide spot on US 219 across from the trailhead where a few cars can park. There is approx 600 feet of rise in altitude
Hoye Crest image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
2. Hoye Crest
The cairn of stones on the right next to the marker marks the highest point in Maryland. Mailbox on the marker shelters a guest book and a stack of blank certificates. A notice on the door of the mailbox requests visitors to sign the guest book take a certificate as a memento of their climb. The camera stand is in the foreground and the picnic table can be seen on the left.
from the road to the crest. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairfax Stone (approx. 3 miles away in West Virginia); a different marker also named Fairfax Stone (approx. 3.7 miles away in West Virginia); Preston County / Maryland (approx. 5.6 miles away in West Virginia); Highest Point on the Maryland State Roads System (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Blackwater (approx. 6 miles away in West Virginia); Old Stone Tavern (approx. 6.6 miles away in West Virginia); Coketon Colored School (approx. 6.7 miles away in West Virginia); Gantz Sand (approx. 7.1 miles away in West Virginia).
 
More about this marker. Marker is approximately 300 feet from the Maryland-West Virginia border in Maryland.
 
Regarding Hoye ~ Crest. There is a picnic table and camera stand at the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hoyle-Crest, Backbone Mountain, Maryland. This page has hiking information and a photo of the marker. (Submitted on March 11, 2006.) 

2. Maryland's County High Points - Garrett. Has description of how the marker was erected, topological map. (Submitted on March 11, 2006.) 

3. Pie in the Sky: A March Up Maryland's Highest Peak. 1998 Article By Brennen Jensen in the Baltimore City Paper. (Submitted on August 16, 2006.)
Trailhead on Route 219 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
3. Trailhead on Route 219
My car is at the trailhead on U.S. 219. Notice the "MD" and arrow painted in red on the back of the highway sign on the right. A few hundred feet up this private road is a parking area. Most cars can make it up to the parking area, but if you would rather not, you can park in a wide spot on US 219 across from the trailhead. Elevation here is 2800 feet. The GPS coordinates at the trailhead are N3914.738', W7929.509'.
 
 
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Wide Spot on the Trail Where You Can Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
4. Wide Spot on the Trail Where You Can Park
This is the parking are a few hundred feet up the trail. The trail continues to the left. You need a high-clearance vehicle to continue the climb in a motorized vehicle. The trail will veer off the jeep road before it reaches the mountain's crest and there is no place to park at that point. So abandon your car here and start walking.
First Fork on the Trail image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
5. First Fork on the Trail
The red "HP" blaze points to the right. Even if the blaze was missing, just look to see which path goes uphill and take that one. N3914.467', W7929.184'.
Second Fork in the Trail image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
6. Second Fork in the Trail
This time the blaze says to keep left and continue uphill. N3914.307', W7929.234'.
Third Fork at the Cairns image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
7. Third Fork at the Cairns
Here is where the trail leaves the jeep road. A blaze (out of frame on the right) points to the left where two cairns (piles of stone) mark the start of the foot trail to the crest. N3914.179', W7929.258'.
Fourth Fork Provides a Choice image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
8. Fourth Fork Provides a Choice
The path to the crest is to the right. But less than 50 feet on the left path is a 1910 cement obelisk that marks the Maryland-West Virginia border (see Photos 9 and 10). N3914.182', W7929.197'.
Boundary Marker No. 3 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
9. Boundary Marker No. 3
(south face) No 3. Samuel S. Gannett, W. McCulloh Brown, Julius K. Monroe, Commissioners. (west face) W. VA.
Boundary Marker No. 3 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
10. Boundary Marker No. 3
(east face) MD. (north face) 1910. Elevation 3400 feet at the top of the obelisk. GPS coordinates are N3914.200', W7929.187'.
Last Fork on the Trail image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
11. Last Fork on the Trail
You're almost there. The arrow on the log points right. As usual, it is the uphill choice. N3914.213', W7929.167'.
First View of the Goal image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
12. First View of the Goal
Because of the dense foilage, you never see the marker until you make the last turn on the path. And there it is!
View From Hoye-Crest on a Hazy Day image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 6, 2006
13. View From Hoye-Crest on a Hazy Day
The only view is towards Maryland. Trees and shrubs block the view north, south and west.
View from the edge. image. Click for full size.
By Sean Ward, September 17, 2008
14. View from the edge.
Wow, what a sight! Definitely a good reward for a good climb.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 8,225 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   14. submitted on , by Sean Ward of Savage, Maryland. This page was last revised on September 26, 2016.
 
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