Photo of the Week #24 ~ Hawksbill Summit

This year we celebrated the summer solstice with a hike up Hawksbill Mountain, the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. It’s a relatively short hike (3 miles or so) but the first mile is steep. The type of assent that makes you wish you were a little more active during the winter months…you know what I mean.  Like most mountain hikes, the climb is always rewarded. Misty clouds, rocky cliffs and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains greeted us at the summit.

Week 24: Hawksbill Summit, Shenandoah National Park

I captured this floating cloud from the summit with my iPhone and chose it for the 24th Photo of the Week.

You have a few options for the hike down the mountain. You can either go back the way you came or take the longer, scenic route through the forest below. We chose the scenic trail and were lucky enough to run into a wild turkey.  Some of the other trails I would recommend are: Old Rag Mountain, Dark Hollow Falls (no dogs allowed on this one), White Oak Canyon and the Appalachian Trail runs through the entire park.

 

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