Shenandoah National Park Revisited - Day 3 - Hawksbill Mountain

Hawksbill Mountain - Shenandoah Natl. Park - VA Travel Blog

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Almost at the summit

The disadvantage advantage of US Easter is that there is no second Easter day, like in Europe. So, today was my last day in the state of Virginia, which would be mostly filled with driving back home. But, fortunately I could spend the morning and part of the afternoon in beautiful Shenandoah National Park.

The weather was still excellent, an inviting scene! I decided to make another uphill walk, a hike to the 1234-meter (4048-ft) high Hawksbill Mountain, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park.

This sounds like a huge hike but the trailhead parking for today was just at the Skyline Drive at an altitude of 1035 meters (3395 ft), which means that only 199 meters (653 ft) needed to be negotiated. This can via a shorter and a longer route.

A few meters below the summit
The latter is partly routed via the Appalachian Trail. I decide to take that longer one.

There were many fellow hikers but for some reason they all chose the shortest hike, the hike I took back to the car. And I was really glad I took the longer approach: although a bit longer it was way less steeper and I had it all to myself!

Hawksbill Mountain offered nice views. A perfect way to say goodbye to Shenandoah, and to head back north.

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Almost at the summit
Almost at the summit
A few meters below the summit
A few meters below the summit
Hawksbill Mountain seen from one o…
Hawksbill Mountain seen from one …
A tree in a tree!
A tree in a tree!
Just a few minutes into the hike, …
Just a few minutes into the hike,…
Old Rag Mountain seen from Hawksbi…
Old Rag Mountain seen from Hawksb…
Old Rag Mountain seen from Hawksbi…
Old Rag Mountain seen from Hawksb…
The Skyline Drive seen from Hawksb…
The Skyline Drive seen from Hawks…
My faithful Mazda
My faithful Mazda
GPS Height Profile for Hawksbill M…
GPS Height Profile for Hawksbill …
GPS Profile for Hawksbill Mountain…
GPS Profile for Hawksbill Mountai…
Hawksbill Mountain - Shenandoah Natl. Park - VA
photo by: mdalamers