Short and sweet, this run packs a punch with an average ascent of over 300 feet per mile. The run begins with 4 mile, 2950 foot ascent to the summit of Hawksbill, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. From there, it’s a gradual 7 mile descent back to your car. Two repeats of this loop are an excellent prep for big western 100s.
Leave the parking lot on the White Oak Trail. In 0.2 miles, take a left on the Cedar Run Trail and climb for 3 miles. Cross Skyline Drive at Hawksbill Gap and pick up the trail to Hawksbill Summit. Reach the summit at mile 4.0.
Leave the summit and follow the trail to the Applachian Trail (AT). Take the AT northbound back to Hawksbill Gap (mile 5.9). Cross Skyline Drive and follow the trail to White Oak Fire Road. At mile 6.8, reach White Oak Fire Road and take a right. Cross the creek above the upper White Oak Falls at mile 8.4. Pick up the White Oak Canyon Trail and descend 2.6 miles back to your car.