We climbed Hawksbill Mountain in about 25 minutes, which included 2-3 short stops along the way to admire the flora and fauna typical of the hardwood forest of Shenandoah National Park. The upward hike was moderately steep up the northernmost trail. Trail conditions were good. Whitetail deer are common to the area. We also saw some blooming mountain laurels along the trail with plenty of beautiful ferns.
The hike got our pulses pumping with the steady upward pace we set. After spending the past week in the DC area at a much lower elevation, we could feel the effects of the thinner air. The panoramic view from the summit is wonderful. This is a very enjoyable hike that will take you to the highest mountain in the park.