Hawksbill Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 608' 185 m
Descent: -649' -198 m
High: 4,027' 1,227 m
Low: 3,390' 1,033 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
Current trail conditions
Popular runs nearby
Upper Hawksbill Ascent
2.2 mi 3.5 km • Out and Back • 412 ft Ascent 125.5 m Ascent
Singletrack Stanley, VA( 13 )
1.4 mi 2.2 km • Loop • 172 ft Ascent 52.44 m Ascent
Singletrack Stanley, VA( 6 )
Old Rag, Smokey Man, and White Oak Canyon Loop
39.8 mi 64.0 km • Loop • 9,611 ft Ascent 2929.33 m Ascent
Singletrack Stanley, VA( 1 )
Dark Hollow Falls
1.7 mi 2.7 km • Out and Back • 495 ft Ascent 150.91 m Ascent
Singletrack Stanley, VA( 26 )
Kennedy Peak Out-and-Back
5.3 mi 8.6 km • Out and Back • 755 ft Ascent 230.23 m Ascent
Singletrack Luray, VA( 3 )
Run this trail?
Add details to help others plan their adventure.
“This 2.7-mile loop takes you directly to the peak and then takes a less aggressive way back down.”— Larry W. Brown
After resting your legs at the top, you start descending for 300' on the Upper Hawksbill Trail until you reach the post marking the Salamander Trail that starts on the right. This trail leads back out to the ridge line for more magnificent views before dropping down into the valley. After about 0.8 miles, you'll reach the AT and follow that out of the forest and along a rocky ridge. There are a couple of spots where you are actually hiking on rocks so be careful with your footing.
After the rocky area, you'll go back into some forest until you reach a fork. Take a right onto the Hawksbill Gap Trail, which will lead you back to the parking lot.
Land Manager: NPS - Shenandoah National Park