Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hawksbill Mountain - Shenandoah National Park

More Skies and mountains from when I went up there with my father.
This time I visited a new trail and the tallest mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Hawksbill. 
Like Stony Man Mountain it reaches over 4,000 ft being the tallest at 4,051 ft (1235 m). 
This was the first time I have been up to this one and it will be one that I re-visit for sure. Offers views into the valley to the west and views to the east on the plateau heading towards the ocean. 
It is some what developed as they have s stone shelter up there, not for camping, and also the highest point where there use to be a marker they built a stone wall where you can stand or sit and look out over the blue mountains. 

Like Stone Man, the view is not blocked by trees as there are rock outcroppings that drop off on the other side. 

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My father over on the left, I'm looking south...

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This is the Byrd's Nest No. 2, which is a built stone shelter in case of bad weather rolling in unexpected you can duck under...

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That mountain in the distance is Old Rag Mountain which is granite and about 3,268 ft (996 m). 

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In this direction you will find Skyland Resort and Stony Man Mountain standing in the background...

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Another view of Old Rag Mountain...

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info from summitpost.org

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