Love the 3000ft elevation gain via Cedar Run. Hard to top in this area.
My favorite route is Cedar Run via the White Oak Canyon trailhead. It's a good workout with a 3000' gain. The views from the summite are some of the best in the east.
In winter, during times of significant snow and ice, crampons and axe may come in handy. There are a few places along Cedar Run where a slip wil send you sliding 50'-70' down sideways into the stream.
What a beautiful mountain...I love the Shenandoahs!
A sunny day in December is definitely the time to tour Skyline Drive. The park was almost deserted! Enjoyed the brief walk to the top and unobstructed 50-mile views!
Nice 2.9 mile loop that challenged my four year old daughter, but the whole family made the summit and back in 2 hours. The summit had scattered snow on the ground and ice on the tree branches. A great view. A nice easy trek for families. My wife admitted that she was on the look-out for bears, since we had seen four the previous day, but none were sighted this day.
2.2 miles round trip from trailhead at parking lot (3330 feet) to summit (4046 feet) and return.
I've climbed Hawksbill many different ways. Once I did it as part of a big loop that also included Old Rag, Robertson Mountain, and Stony Man. On another occasion I climbed it from Mt. Zion Church in Luray, also climbing Nakedtop along the way - over 18 miles roundtrip. I have descended from Hawksbill Gap alongside Hawksbill Creek to see the numerous falls there, then ascended the north slopes of Nakedtop to its summit and continued to the summit of Hawksbill. Most recently I climbed it from the tiny town of Ida, bushwhacking up Nakedtop first, then hiking up Hawksbill, then taking the AT north to Pollock Knob, finally bushwhacking west back to Ida.
Nice little hike to start off a great week of hiking and highpointing.
Only one in sight. Nice day although a little windy.
I've been on top at least twice, both times on the Cedar Run - Whiteoak Canyon loop.
Hiked up Hawksbill as often as I could when in high school (which, since I didn't own a car until senior year, meant as often as I could talk my parents into it).
Shenandoah is a magical place. Nothing overly-dramatic about it, but it slowly grows on you like drinking scotch.
A good cap to the day after hiking in White Oak Canyon
Wanted a challenge so I started at the base of Cedar Run and the lower Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot. Hiked up Cedar Run to Hawksbill. A modest ~3300 feet of elevation gain and about 8 miles round trip coming back down Cedar Run. Little bit of snow and it was about 10 degrees at the top. Saw not a soul until the lower parking lot.
While spending one on one time with my daughter, we hiked to the summit of this peak. Sometimes the excitement of the moment is lost on our children, but I think she will remember these moments later.
And spent the night in the shelter with a group of Girl Scouts. I remember this so well because when we woke up on Sunday morning fog filled the entire valley below us and we felt like we were floating above the clouds. It was truly a magical hiking experience! Amazingly, I'm still backpacking although not as far and not carrying as much (LOL)!
The hike was short and pretty easy. The view from the summit wasn't what I hoped. Hawksbill is surrounded by other tall mountains so all you see around you are other peaks- no good view of the valley floor like from Stony Man. I sat near the shelter for about 15 minutes watching three Peregrine Falcons diving down the cliff face and circling back up, occasionally swooping at one another.
Nice stroll up the 1 mile trail from the Upper Hawksbill Parking Lot. The whole family made the trip and we were rewarded with spectacular views and pesky flies on the summit. It was nice to see Old Rag this time after having zero visibilty on her summit two years earlier. No wildlife sightings except for the hawks riding the thermals. I hope the Rangers returned the two lost hikers from Richmond that we dropped off at the Thornton Gap entrance back to their car at the lower White Oak Canyon lot.
I hit this on a hike along with Stony.