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Hawksbill Mountain Loop

 14 votes

Length

2.8 Miles 4.5 Kilometers


Elevation

663' 202 m

Ascent

-683' -208 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

4,034' 1,230 m

High

3,384' 1,031 m

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This 2.7-mile loop takes you directly to the peak and then takes a less aggressive way back down.

Larry W. Brown

Overview

This 2.7-mile loop takes you directly to the peak on the Hawksbill Summit Trail and then takes the less aggressive Salamander Trail back down to the AT for a return to the parking lot on the Hawksbill Gap Trail. The Hawksbill Mountain is the largest peak in the park and the 360° views at the top are some of the best to be found in the park.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

This loop starts with the Hawksbill Summit Trail that begins at the Lower Hawksbill Parking lot. The trailhead is a large white oak tree and from that point going forward this is an extremely steep 1.5-mile journey to the peak. At the top, you'll reach the day use shelter and the extremely photogenic "Byrds Nest" is just 50' past that.

After resting your legs at the top, you start descending for 300' on the Upper Hawksbill Trail until you reach the post marking the Salamander Trail that starts on the right. This trail leads back out to the ridge line for more magnificent views before dropping down into the valley. After about 0.8 miles, you'll reach the AT and follow that out of the forest and along a rocky ridge. There are a couple of spots where you are actually hiking on rocks so be careful with your footing.

After the rocky area, you'll go back into some forest until you reach a fork. Take a right onto the Hawksbill Gap Trail, which will lead you back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Shenandoah Park flora and fauna.

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Mar 31, 2018
Michael Traylor
Ty and Dad going to the top then northbound on the AT.
Mar 30, 2018
Jenny Stone
Mar 17, 2018
Monica Tretola
Nov 24, 2017
Jack Cunningham
Quick trip to the top and a nice windy way down
Nov 12, 2017
Andrea Sesenna
Just started
Nov 1, 2017
Ian Ainslie
Oct 24, 2017
Cassie Flier
Oct 15, 2017
Kai Smith

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  4.1 from 14 votes

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