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  • Description 

    Some of the best climbing in the gorge is located here.
    With both hard trad and sport, you can not walk away without a good pump. There are three distinct areas. Upper, middle and lower. Each area has classics that should not be missed.


    Getting There 

    Linville Gorge. Park at the Hawksbill trailhead. Hike up the mtn until you reach a sharp lefthand uphill turn. For upper and middle, go up the summit trail for about 5 minutes. Locate a climbers trail on the right. Follow this to the upper wall. Continue down the trail about 400 yards to reach middle. To reach lower, pass the uphill turn and make an immediate left. Follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.


    31 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',11],['5.12',7],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hawksbill Mtn:
    Green Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 80'   Middle Hawksbill
    Lichen Worms   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Hawksbill
    If You Bolt It They Will Come   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Hawksbill
    Winged Mongrel   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Main Wall
    Jeep's Chimney   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    Lost in Space   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   Main Wall
    Star Trekin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Main Wall
    No Free Lunch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Hawksbill
    Eros   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   Main Wall
    The Fat Lady   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    Pseudo Hardmen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Hawksbill
    Carpe Freeum   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Middle Hawksbill
    Encore   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    Phantom of the Opera   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    King of Kings   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    The Diving Board   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a PG13     Trad, 70'   Lower Hawksbill
    Appalachian Spring   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Middle Hawksbill
    Ice Cream Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
    Line of Fire   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Hawksbill
    Tweakend (AKA Pascal's Route)   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Hawksbill
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    Featured Route For Hawksbill Mtn
    Mary starting P1 of Star Trekkin'

    Star Trekin' 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b  NC : Linville Gorge : ... : Main Wall
    Start the route at a thin white tips crack on a blackish/brown slab. Slab up using slopers, crimps, and the crack. Make some technical moves through a bulge to a great stance below a small overhang. Plug gear and pull the crux at the overhang. Continue up above a block in the crack. Then make moves up and left onto a slopey ledge. Continue up and left to a left-facing corner (R, but easy). The pin protecting this traverse left as described in the NC Selected Guide no longer exists. Pull t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

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    looking south toward Table Rock & Linville
    looking south toward Table Rock & Linville
    Hawksbill as seen from Wisemans View.
    Hawksbill as seen from Wisemans View.
    TR. & Linville with Shortoff from Hawksbill.
    TR. & Linville with Shortoff from Hawksbill.
    Hawksbill Mountain
    Hawksbill Mountain
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    By Bob Underwood
    From: greensboro
    Sep 14, 2008

    The Hawksbill trail has become a ditch which can not recover from the hikeing impact and constant use. No amount of maintenance can save it. Climbers, if you love your Gorge, please consider approaching from Sitting Bear trail you passed earlier. Problem: SB has space of only 3 cars. A left at the ridgeline ( Jonas Ridge trail) will take you in sight of the left turn mentioned earlier.

    see WWW.linvillegorge.net for waypoints and maps.

    Another approach is south from below useing the LEDGE trail but it is much longer.

    By mike cork
    From: Atlanta, GA
    May 9, 2010

    is there moderate (5.10-5.11) sport climbing at hawksbill, or mostly just 12 and up? thought i'd heard that from someone...

    thanks,
    mike