Hawksbill Summit Trail

MODERATE 49 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

hiking

views

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.

1 day ago

24 days ago

It was a short hike, but fairly steep. really enjoyed it and the view was absolute perfection. We got engaged overlooking the vista and it was the best day of my life in the most perfect place I can imagine.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Short hike for awesome panoramic views.

hiking
1 month ago

This short hike take you to the tallest point in the shenandoah Nation park. Awesome views and the kids loved the rocks at the top. Check out my full review which includes directions and other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/hawksbill

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3 months ago

We took the longer loop to the right (2.9 miles). Definitely enjoyed the gradual ascent and it had better views along the way.

3 months ago

It was definitely difficult.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hiking straight up from the Hawksbilll parking area. Definite rocky moderate. Great views up too. Will try the more gradual ascent in the fall.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We ascended via the AT to Salamander Trail to the Summit, and descended by the Lower Hawksbill Trail (see NPS map). Overall, was a nice hike with some cool views along the way... the views from Byrd's Nest 2 and the Observation Platform are amazing - with a great view of Old Rag in the background (off to the right). Agree with the moderate rating - steady incline in the beginning, but nothing intense. Definitely will be returning in the future.

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7 months ago

7 months ago

Make this worthwhile by starting at the trailhead base of White oak Canyon Trail. It's a 3000 foot elevation gain.

hiking
7 months ago

We did Stoney Man and hawksbill back to back as two quick, easy, rewarding hikes as we wanted to see the two highest peaks in the park in the same day. These two are very close to one another (10 minutes by car). We chose this way to the top of hawksbill because it is the shortest. It's also steep but not crazy. A steady pace will get you there and yes... It s WORTH IT. Little less than a mile up this way.

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7 months ago

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