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Lower Hawksbill Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.7 mile 1.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 631' 192 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,035' 1,230 m
Low: 3,404' 1,037 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Luke AT

One of several routes to Hawksbill Summit.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Though steep, this trail is short enough that older kids would enjoy the climb, and the visit to the lookout and shelter at the top.

Description

This trail is the steepest and most direct route to Hawksbill summit. From the parking area on Skyline Drive, north of the peak, the trail follows a wide rocky path directly up the east face of the mountain to the Hawksbill Trail/Byrds Nest #2 Road, just below the summit.

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Sep 27, 2019
Jesse Daniels
Jun 28, 2019
Jake Dooley
Elevation gain: 690ft Summit: 4051ft 1.7mi
Jun 24, 2019
Matt Mortensen
May 18, 2019
Corey Dockman
Very tough
Nov 4, 2018
Jena Turner
View was worth it! Loved seeing all the dogs! 0.7mi — 2h 00m
Aug 18, 2018
Taylor Browning
1.5mi
May 27, 2018
Dennis Chan
steep but reasonable given it's short distance. trail is well marked, not a lot to see on the way tho 1.4mi
Dec 19, 2017
Peter Gattuso

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Panoramic from the top of Hawksbill Mtn.
Mar 13, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Views from the summit of Mt. Hawksbill.
Dec 10, 2015 near Stanley, VA
Let out a well-deserved celebration on Hawksbill Summit (4,050ft).
Mar 9, 2017 near Stanley, VA
The observation platform on Hawksbill Mountain, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, elevation 4,050 feet.
Apr 2, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Hawksbill Summit looking north.
Jun 1, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Looking West from Hawksbill Summit.
Sep 23, 2016 near Stanley, VA

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