Ascent of Hawksbill on 2013-07-18

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:David Stone
Date:Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:4050 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park.

We were on a tour of Washington DC, Fallingwater and various East Coast highpoints, so passing north on the Skyline Drive we stopped at the Hawksbill Gap parking area. The NPS sign suggested the hike up Hawksbill was 1-2 hours, but I was hot and thought I'd do it in flip-flops anyway. In fact it's only 20 minutes each way on a clear path and I had no problems with my 'tourist' approach. A bit hazy at the top but good views in all directions and the Byrds Nest Day Shelter is interesting, particularly if you're not familiar with these Appalachian Trail features.

On the drive to the Mathews Arm Campground we came across a mother black bear with her two cubs immediately adjacent to the road and spent a fascinating 15 minutes watching them forage in the undergrowth.
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