Hawksbill Summit Loop – Shenandoah National Park

Jarod GoennerHiking, Outdoor, Shenandoah National Park0 Comments

Hawksbill Mountain Summit Keagan

We parked at Hawksbill Gap parking and headed up Lower Hawksbill Trail. Hawksbill Summit Loop is a short and fairly easy 2.9 mile circuit hike with some great views. 


Had I read the trailmap better we would have headed for the Salamander Trail side first but instead we embarked on a the Lower Hawksbill Trail which was a pretty quick ascent to the summit.

Hawksbill Trailhead FamilyLower Hawksbill Trail
Hawksbill Trail Champions

We reached the summit early and were the first ones up there that morning giving us some time to spend alone. The views were amazing and I did catch site of a peregrine falcon swooping around below us which was brief but what I had been most excited for on this trail. 

Hawksbill Summit

After spending quite some time at the top we headed out down Salamander Trail. Salamander Trail was fun and connects to a great part of the Appalachian Trail. You cross a couple of  talus slopes that would be great to catch a few more glimpses of the falcons.  No more falcons for me though. Just some deer and butterflies. Overall a great hike and highly recommended for a family. 

Distance: 2.9-mile circuit
Difficulty: moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 860-feet

At the north end of parking lot, take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). At the trail post, turn left onto the A.T. south. Continue on the A.T. south to the trail post indicating Salamander Trail. Go left onto blue-blazed Salamander Trail and follow to the summit. Descend via blue-blazed Lower Hawksbill Trail to starting point.

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