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Hawksbill Mountain Loop

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Length


2.7 Miles 4.3 Kilometers


608' 185 m

Ascent

-649' -198 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

4,027' 1,227 m

High

3,390' 1,033 m

Low

Shared By Larry W. Brown

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All Clear 58 days ago
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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

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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.

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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Nov 14, 2018
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Nov 9, 2018
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- hawksbill Mt summit - with sam 2mi
Oct 20, 2018
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Oct 13, 2018
Emily Comerford
Some flat road, some rock scramble, some climbs. This hike has a little of everything.

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