Some would think that hiking 5.5 miles in the rain and fog would be miserable, but not these ladies! This month’s hike was to Hawksbill mountain via the Appalachian Trail and the Salamander trail had a lack of views but was never short on great moods, laughter and connecting with fellow hikers. Hawksbill mountain has a shorter hike to the summit from the parking lot on Skyline drive, my group and I like a few more miles since we are driving a couple of hours to most trails.
Starting at the Timber Hollow overlook we were able to do just that because we began our hike on the Appalachian trail and hiked around Hawksbill mountain before hiking up to the summit. You can view the route we took on Hiking Upward’s Hawksbill/Timber Hollow trail guide.
I enjoyed catching up with these women, some that have been on 4 or more hikes with us and some on their very first hike with us! We chatted about life, the rain, why we like to hike, why we wanted to hike today and some conversations got a lot more personal then that. I was happy to overhear everyone chatting and being passed the, “so what do you do for work,” question and onto really learning and getting to know each other. Also very important, I heard lots of laughter and joined in on it too!
These hikes should be challenging and I love when people really open up to each other but it should also always be fun and I think this group had the best combination of all of those characteristics. I hope you ladies got a lot out of hiking with Her Hike Collective and I can’t wait to see you on future hikes. I highly recommend this longer route to Hawksbill mountain, even though we did not have any views because of the fog it was still a very enjoyable hike.
We had two Momma’s on our hike! One is expecting our youngest Her Hike Collective member and the other we are waiting a few weeks to see if we have another HHC member or a boy! Don’t worry she’s still invited to hikes regardless! 😉
This is me! I needed some fresh mountain air and to be on a trail with other women so badly! Hiking is good for the soul.
Below is a collection of our iPhone photographs from our hike as well:
The end of our trail on the Appalachian Trail.