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Hawksbill Mountain Loop

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Length


2.8 Miles 4.5 Kilometers


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

Low

Shared By Larry W. Brown

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Dry - I think this hike is more rewarding taking the AT and trail to summit first and the very steep trail on the descent. History

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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

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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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Aug 15, 2018
Eric Aufderhaar
CCW 2.8mi
Aug 10, 2018
Leah Jakaitis
steep first .67 mi on upper Hawksbill trail, summit w beautiful view - then descended on salamander trail to Appalachian Trail. About 2h45min total… 2.8mi
Aug 8, 2018
Eric Schmidt
Aug 6, 2018
Glen Thomas
Aug 3, 2018
Tom Ayala
Jul 26, 2018
Christopher Donovan
Jul 21, 2018
Joe Browning
Jun 30, 2018
Kelsie Dabelstein

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  4.1 from 19 votes

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