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.
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.
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
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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