Ascent of Hawksbill Mountain on 2002-12-13

Climber: Cody Hamby

Others in Party:Yuri Potawsky
Date:Friday, December 13, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hawksbill Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4020 ft / 1225 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short summit approach, this 1.5-mile out-and-back is perfect for an active family looking for a challenging but doable dayhike. Begin hiking west from the designated parking area on the Hawksbill Trail. The first quarter-mile steadily gains about 250 feet under the cover of maple and oak. Hit the trail during the rhododendron bloom and you’ll have a brilliant display to complement the mountain laurel. After leveling off for a brief stretch, the trail turns left about 0.5 mile in and begins a steep ascent (400 feet over 0.2 mile) up to the exposed, craggy summit of Hawksbill. From here, enjoy 360-degree, treetop views across (and up and down) Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest. Due south, the distinct figure of Table Rock Mountain can be easily discerned. Soak it all in before backtracking to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1015 ft / 310 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Hawksbill Mtn. Trail
    Trailhead:3005 ft / 915 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble

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