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DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK FOR GOOGLE MAPS! I was visiting the area and thought we'd give this trail a try. We used the Google maps link map to get there. We kept driving up this gravel windey steep road and eventually it said we had reached the destination. It was an empty lot. Great view but no trail. After attempting up this narrow steep road in our car which doesn't have 4 wheel drive and possibly causing damage under the vehicle, we were frustrated just wanted to go back. At that point we realized what we needed to go to actually get to the trail but it would have been dusk before to long. Probably a great trail but I would not know. Find directions that do not rely on Google maps!
With over 30 years of hiking experience in both the United States and Europe, Hawksbill trail may not be the hardest trail I've hiked, but the view from the top is among the best! Steady and often steep incline on the way up the .08 mile, worn trail. Hiking time to the summit is about 30-45 minutes due to the incline, the reward is the top!
Myself and 2 friends of mine from work did this trail today 1- 26- 17. The first part of the trail was pretty thick and not Maintained well. this is more than likely due to it being the off season (I believe it's opens again in March, you can still go, but will a bit harder to do). I'm sure that closer to the warmer weather it would be a little easier after they clean up a bit. Overall the trail wasn't bad, it's a short and easy trip. I did this trail with a injured knee, and was still able to complete it fairly easliy.
The Jonas Ridge Trail is actually a 2.4 mile trail. Starts at Gingercake Mountain and ends when it intersects with Hawksbill trail. You can access JRT from Hawksbill trail or from Sitting Bear trail...both trailheads are on Table Rock road. This trail isn't flat...if you continue to follow JRT south past Sitting Bear you'll encounter some very steep sections. It's a great trail and can't wait to get back out there and do some off trail exploring before spring.