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Hawksbill Mtn Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 35.91343, -81.88633 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.3 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hawksbill Mtn

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hawksbill Mtn:
Green Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 80'   Middle Hawksbill
Lichen Worms   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Hawksbill
Winged Mongrel   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Main Wall
If You Bolt It They Will Come   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Middle Hawksbill
Jeep's Chimney   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
Star Trekin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Main Wall
Lost in Space   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 170'   Main Wall
No Free Lunch   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Middle Hawksbill
Eros   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   Main Wall
The Fat Lady   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
Pseudo Hardmen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Hawksbill
Carpe Freeum   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Middle Hawksbill
Encore   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
Phantom of the Opera   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
King of Kings   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
The Diving Board   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 70'   Lower Hawksbill
Manifest Destiny   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Hawksbill
Line of Fire   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Middle Hawksbill
Appalachian Spring   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Middle Hawksbill
Ice Cream Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Hawksbill
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Featured Route For Hawksbill Mtn
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeep's Chimney, July 2007.

Jeep's Chimney 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NC : Linville Gorge : ... : Lower Hawksbill
Jeep's Chimney climbs the most obvious feature on Lower Hawksbill - the large, acute, slightly left-facing dihedral. It's only a chimney because on how one climbs it - the crack in the back actually ranges from fingers to fists. The newest guidebook rates the pitch 10a; it certainly falls a bit more in the old school rating category. Climb the corner using stems, jams, creativity, and a few thrutches to a double-bolt belay hidden in the chimney at the top. Don't be afraid, especially n...[more]   Browse More Classics in NC

Photos of Hawksbill Mtn Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hawksbill
Rock Climbing Photo: TR. & Linville with Shortoff from Hawksbill.
TR. & Linville with Shortoff from Hawksbill.
Rock Climbing Photo: view from Hawksbill
view from Hawksbill
Rock Climbing Photo: Hawksbill Mountain
Hawksbill Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: looking south toward Table Rock & Linville
looking south toward Table Rock & Linville
Rock Climbing Photo: Hawksbill as seen from Wisemans View.
Hawksbill as seen from Wisemans View.

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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 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...


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