Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hawksbill Mountain- Shenandoah National Park

Today I am sitting inside after an interesting mix of ice and snow hit DC. Originally we were supposed to get over a foot of snow, but now we have just a few inches and a nice layer of ice.

But this past weekend was absolutely GORGEOUS outside! Yes, it was a little bit cold but still beautiful.

So, a good friend of mine and I decided to leave the city for the day Sunday and visit Shenandoah National Park. We've each done a few of the different trails before so I researched some new ones so that we could get a new experience (and lets be honest, new pictures).

While doing my research I came across information about the highest point in the park: Hawksbill Summit. The hike up to it was listed as a moderate hike so it was an easy decision.

Shenandoah National Park is about an hour and a half drive from Washington, D.C. Depending on what you want to visit inside there is more driving as the park covers pretty vast land. Once we entered the gate (keep in mind the $25 fee to enter a U.S. National Park that's good for 7 days) we had about a half-hour drive.

The drive south through Shenandoah National Park is one I would highly recommend even if you aren't there for hiking or other recreation.

You follow Skyline Drive- an infamously beautiful road through the Shenandoah mountains that has absolutely breathtaking views and ample spots to pull over, enjoy the view, and get pictures.

Once we parked we had about a 1.5 miles straight up the hill. We were already about 3500 ft. up, and the peak is at 4800ish so we hiked a little over a thousand ft of straight incline hill. Definitely a good workout on our buns and thighs!

When we got to the top we were presented with absolutely break taking views.

So, naturally we spent a good amount of time taking pictures:

After that we descended the climb and realized that we had come up the difficult path as opposed to a more bended, gravel path. I'm absolutely not complaining though because what's hiking without a little bit of challenge.

We blasted Ed Sheeran in the car and made the drive back to DC with a quick stop at Sheetz (always better than Wawa).

All-in-all it was a perfect March Sunday.

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