The trailhead is an easy stroll from the Spruce Knob highpoint, just head north to the secondary parking lot. This area is said to get an average of more than 13 feet of snow each year and the roads up to the summit are not maintained in the winter months, so spring and summer are best bets. We were here in June, so we got to see the best of what Huckleberry Trail has to offer.
Mount Davis is home to the highest natural point in Pennsylvania, rising 3,213 ft. within 5,685-acre Forbes State Forest near the Pennsylvania and Maryland border. One can reach the top of Mount Davis by hiking a number of trails within the forest or by driving up very near the summit and hiking less than a mile to the true summit, which includes a nice, tall metal observation tower for good photo ops.
Climbing the initial dune and hiking the subsequent Dune Trail together make up a strenuous 3.5-mile roundtrip from. The 3.5-mile route travels from the bottom of the large initial (formidable) dune all the way to the Lake Michigan shoreline and back. In order to complete the approximate 1.75-mile one-way trip, one must scale a minimum of six or seven serious dunes.
If it happens to be a windy day (it was on the day of my hike) this is also the section of the trail where you’ll feel it the most. The ridges are exposed and the gusts will pick up intensity as you get above 12,000 feet. After the final false summit, you’ll see the true summit up to your left (north). Battle the wind and scramble up the final pile of boulders and the summit is yours.
Mount Arvon can be found in the northern part of the U.P. of Michigan. It is part of the Huron Mountains and sits only about 10 miles from Lake Superior. In order to reach this summit of this mountain, which trumps nearby peak Mount Curwood by less than a foot, one must drive up a series of old logging loads to reach a trailhead of sorts that must be traveled by foot to in order to reach the summit.
I stumbled across highpointing shortly after climbing Mount Rainier in June 2008. It was more of an online stumble than a physical stumble, but, believe me, I do plenty of both. I don’t recall exactly how I discovered the official group of highpointers, but I was researching something about Mt. Rainier and I came across this curious group that was all about reaching the high point in every state in the U.S.
Spruce Knob, the summit of Spruce Mountain, is the highpoint in the state of West Virginia and is also highest peak in the Allegheny Mountains and Appalachian Plateaus. With an elevation of 4,861 ft., Spruce Knob provides tremendous views of the surrounding areas. This peak sits in both the Monongahela National Forest and Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area (NRA) near the town of Riverton, WV.
The most harrowing part of the highpointing experience may be driving the rolling hills leading up to the hill. Route 227 runs parallel to the Indiana-Ohio border (it’s about 1 mile the the west) and leads you on a northbound roller coaster journey to an intersection near the hill. If you don’t obey the speed limit, your car may soon be attempting jumps and stunts that you didn’t exactly plan.
Indiana and Ohio are both relatively large states, so it’s noteworthy (and convenient) that each state highpoint sits about a two-hour drive from the other. Once we decided to visit Indiana’s highpoint, Hoosier Hill, it was almost a given that we’d be visiting Ohio’s highpoint, Campbell Hill, soon thereafter. Campbell Hill can be found in the northeast section of Bellefontaine, Ohio
Hiking Eagle Mountain, which sits in the BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota, is a true backcountry experience for those seeking a state highpoint that offers up more of an outdoors-trail-hiking feel and less of a drive-up-to-the-lookout-point feel. Some other highpoints throughout the Midwest and other parts of the U.S. are less of an outdoors experience and more of a tourist attraction, but Eagle Mountain is not one of those.