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Ascent of Hawksbill on 2011-05-27

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Friday, May 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hawksbill
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:4050 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked from the Upper Hawksbill trailhead on the Skyline Drive. Nice trail, great view.

Gene Daniell raised a good question in his 2003 trip report about the HP of Page County. The topo and my GPS indicate the county line runs north of the summit, perhaps at the base of the cliffs. If my GPS is correct, the HP on the county line is an outcropping about 50 yards W of the Byrds Nest shelter and 100 yards SW of the summit. This point measured 9 feet less than the summit overlook, which the NPS says is 4049.

I wrote the Page County GIS office, which confirmed that the county line does not reach the summit of Hawksbill.

If your spouse is not enthralled with the pursuit of a near two-fer, she can wait for you in the nice gift shop/coffee shop/restaurant at Skyline Lodge, within a 10-minute drive of the trailhead.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:485 ft / 148 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:NPS trail
    Trailhead:Upper Hawksbill parking lot  3645 ft / 1110 m
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes



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