In 2016, Marcy decided that we needed to climb New York’s highest peak.  Her decision was at least partly based on the peak’s name: Mount Marcy (after William Marcy, a 19th century New York governor).  So we drove up to the Adirondacks for a weekend and climbed the mountain.  It was a long hike to the 5344’ summit, 14.8 miles roundtrip and 3316’ elevation gain. Interestingly, a group that we met on the way was accompanied by a dog named Marcy (named for the mountain, not the governor or my wife).

On Mount Marcy. (I guess Marcy took the picture.)

We had already climbed a few state high points, including New Jersey’s imaginatively-named High Point (1803’) and New Hampshire’s Mount Washington (6288’).  We had been to Connecticut’s highest summit, Bear Mountain (2323′), but we later learned that the state’s highest point (2380′) is actually on the slope of Mount Frissell, whose peak is in Massachusetts. We’ve now been to both.

In any case, our trip to Mount Marcy started our official collection of state high points.  We have since added the more formidable Katahdin in Maine (5268’) and Guadalupe Peak in Texas (8749’), as well as the ludicrous Ebright Azimuth in Delaware (442’).  We had a “bring it together” moment on Vermont’s Mount Mansfield (4393′), because from its summit we could see two other peaks in our collection: Mount Marcy (NY), and Mount Washington (NH).

When our travels take us near a state high point, we’ll make a detour. So this past weekend we added two: Backbone Mountain in Maryland (3360’) and Mount Davis in Pennsylvania (3213’).  The Maryland hike was what you might expect: a trail in the woods that goes up a hill.  Most of the hike is in West Virginia.

On the other hand, Pennsylvania’s high point is approached from a parking area on a plateau.  A trail in the woods goes about a mile to the high point, but gains very little elevation.  It felt flat.  The high point is actually a big rock that lies on top of the otherwise level landscape.  It wouldn’t surprise me if someone imported it before the Geologic Survey arrived.

My hand is on the USGS marker.

There is also a fire tower with a better view. It makes a weird whistling sound in the wind.