Hawksbill Summit Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Hawksbill Summit Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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Tallest peak in Shenandoah, nothing to see until summit, then 360 degree view. This trail is steep for nearly the entire hike. You are well inside the tree line for the entire hike, so there is not much to see. Once you reach the byrd shelter the views abound, and just another 100 feet or so, you reach the summit overlook, a beautiful 360 degree view. The NPS has a stone overlook built on the summit, so it's easy to know when you have gotten there. It's a tough walk but worth it. Within an hour you can bag the tallest peak in Shenandoah! There is an alternate version of this hike that is a loop. The hike described in this report is an out an back route.

13 days ago

Daniel Andorsky: this summit will probably have a decent number of people there if the weather is nice. It's a fairly easy trail with a great view, which will probably equal a number of families, and hikers looking for a good lunch spot. It is however a GREAT hike to watch the sunset. Get there a little early stake out a space to watch it, and hit your knee as the sunset gets going. Neither one of you will care who is around, and it's not a proposal she'll forget. I will also be at the park that weekend. I'll be thinking of you ☺️

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18 days ago

How crowded does the summit get? I am looking to go on October 22nd (Sunday) in the early afternoon to propose to my fiance. I just don't want it to be too crowded. Is there are more secluded area with the views? Any help is appreciated!

21 days ago

Amazing view! Stayed there for 30 minutes and enjoyed the view.

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25 days ago

Nice climb. Nothing but fog at summit with only one or two peaks visible in distance. Waited 20 min and it blew out leavening spectacular views.

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26 days ago

So crowded. The hike is straight up and short. If you're coming from DC, it's a 3 hour drive for a half hour hike. Once you get to the top it's as crowded as a mall food court. It was loud and not peaceful at all.

This was listed as one of the best hikes in VA. I beg to differ.

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27 days ago

worth all the incline. started at big meadows and took the AT to salamander trail up to the summit and back for a total of 10 miles. Took about 5 hours with water breaks and stumbled across 3 bears on the way back.

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1 month ago

Great short hike with awesome views. It's a pretty straight uphill incline the entire way with little to no switchbacks so that can be challenging. We did it in probably about an hour, stopping for breaks.

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1 month ago

Awesome views for not a lot of effort. We headed right at the trailhead and went around the loop the long way. Though it's longer, the steepness of the trail (in our opinion) makes it a lot easier to do. On the way back from the summit, however, is a different story (filled with aching knees and ankles). The summit itself was gorgeous, and the views were impeccable. There is another off-shoot summit that you can visit as well that might not be as populated (the views were actually better there, imo).

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2 months ago

The hike is an easy walk with a couple steep sections but it's all about the view! Stunning. Saw crows, hawks and turkey vultures. Great view of old rag and several other peaks. Easy for dogs and kids

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