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Areas in Hawksbill Mtn

Lower Hawksbill 14 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Main Wall 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Middle Hawksbill 11 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hawksbill Mtn

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
Lichen Worms
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Winged Mongrel
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
If You Bolt It They Will Come
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 22
Jeep's Chimney
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 46
Lost in Space
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Star Trekin'
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 22
No Free Lunch
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 23
The Fat Lady
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 28
Pseudo Hardmen
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Carpe Freeum
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 24
Encore
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 13
Phantom of the Opera
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 18
King of Kings
Trad 2 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 3
Ice Cream Direct
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
Line of Fire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lichen Worms Middle Hawksbill
 33
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Winged Mongrel Main Wall
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
If You Bolt It They Will Come Middle Hawksbill
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jeep's Chimney Lower Hawksbill
 22
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Lost in Space Main Wall
 46
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Star Trekin' Main Wall
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
No Free Lunch Middle Hawksbill
 22
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
The Fat Lady Lower Hawksbill
 23
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Pseudo Hardmen Middle Hawksbill
 28
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Carpe Freeum Middle Hawksbill
 16
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Encore Lower Hawksbill
 24
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Phantom of the Opera Lower Hawksbill
 13
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King of Kings Lower Hawksbill
 18
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 2 pitches
Ice Cream Direct Lower Hawksbill
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Line of Fire Middle Hawksbill
 16
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Bob Underwood
greensboro
Bob Underwood   greensboro
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.

seelinvillegorge.net for waypoints and maps.

Another approach is south from below useing the LEDGE trail but it is much longer. Sep 14, 2008
mike cork
Atlanta, GA
mike cork   Atlanta, GA
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 May 9, 2010

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