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Hawksbill Mountain via Devil's Hole

Hawksbill Mountain via Devil\'s Hole

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: North Carolina, United States, North America

Object Title: Hawksbill Mountain via Devil's Hole

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 4, 2011

Activities: Hiking


Page By: MarkDidier

Created/Edited: Jun 19, 2011 / Jun 26, 2011

Object ID: 723096

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Photo Trip Report

I climbed Hawksbill Mountain with my son Andrew and my friend Rob and we used the Devil's Hole Trail for our approach. Using this approach requires a ford of the Linville River.

We were on a two night backpack in Linvlle Gorge. On Friday night we camped on the Linville Gorge Trail (LGT) just south of the Pinchin Trail. On Saturday morning we hiked the LGT and grabbed the first backcountry campsite north of the bridge at Spence Ridge.
Linville Gorge Trail
Linville Gorge Trail

Linville Gorge Trail
Linville Gorge Trail

Linville River
Linville River

Falls on the Linville River
Cathedral Falls

Linville River
Linville River at our campsite

We left our campsite at 3 PM to start what we estimated to be an 8 mile loop. We made it to the ford after about one hour.
Hawksbill Mountain
Hawksbill Mountain from the Linville Gorge Trail

Linville Gorge Trail Sign?
Devil's Hole "Trail Sign"

Devil s Hole Trail?
The descent to the river from the Linville Gorge Trail

The Ford at Devil s Hole

Ford at Devil s Hole
Looking back to where we crossed, just to the right of the cairn.

We ascended Devil's Hole Trail to the junction with the Jonas Ridge Trail and took that to reach the trail to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain.
Devil s Hole Trail
Devil's Hole Trail just above the river crossing.

Spring Blooms
Spring Blooms

Devil s Hole Trail

Summit Photos
Linville Gorge Panorama
Click to view panorama full screen

The View North
Looking North

Jonas Ridge
Jonas Ridge

Cliffs of Hawksbill Mountian

On our descent we attempted taking the Ledge trails to Spence Ridge Trail. This would eliminate the need to hike on the road to reach Spence Ridge. We ended up on the Hawksbill Mountain Climber's Trail and lost the trail where it petered out, so we retreated to the road.
The Cliffs of Hawksbill Mountain
Cliffs below Hawksbill Mountain

Cliffs Below Hawksbill Mountain
Andrew on the Hawksbill Mountain Climber's Trail

It was getting late by the time we reached the road, and it was doubtful that we were going to make it back to camp before dark. There was a gentleman setting up camp at the nearby campsite and we asked him for a ride to the Spence Ridge Trailhead. He kindly took us, which saved us probably an hour. We descended Spence Ridge Trail, in the dark, back to the LGT and finished the quarter mile hike back to our campsite.

Helpful Hints

Sarcasm intended...

That trail that veers to the right where the Jonas Ridge Trail ends is NOT the Ledge Trail, but the Hawksbill Mountain Climber's Trail. You might want to make a note of that!

It's always a good idea to have your headlamp with you when you go on hikes late in the afternoon, in case things don't go as planned and you end up hiking in the dark. Having that extra light sure makes filtering water on the Spence Ridge Trail a lot easier. Just sayin'!

When you are descending Spence Ridge Trail and you see that sign that says "S Ridge", don't just walk by it. It really is the trail for Spence Ridge. Taking that right hand turn just may save you some time. Not that I have any experience making such a stupid mistake like that!



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