Hawk Mt area was the area I used to frequent - and will do so again. Used to start at the fire towed on the Weiser St Forest and hike it on over to and around the boulder fields and then bask to the fire tower. Sometimes over to the Out Look (Look Out?). That hill coming up out of the boulder field is a killer, but what a sense of achievement to not have a coronary after getting back to the HM Sanctuary for a drink!I have spent a lot of time on the local to me sections of the AT. Rocks....rocks...more rocks. lol
Where I was in the Rockies this past fall was a welcome relief from the rocks of the AT, lol. I will say, though, that scrambling rocks on the AT and and Hawk Mountain was fantastic training for an elk hunt. Rock scrambling under a 50lb pack was REALLY helpful in negotiating blow downs with elk meat on my pack.
Somehow I do not think people on the AT are "Allowed" to be armed while hiking. As for me, I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6 and as such, I act accordingly AT restrictions or no.Sorry to take your thread in a different sort of turn, but, I think it's important to be vigilant.
A friend and I hiked a 2 day portion of the trail, I think around the Forbes State Forest area, back in either '88 or '90. We stayed over night in one of those open wooden huts on the trail (not sure if they still have them). Anyhow, there was a multiple murder on the trail just before we went on the hike. We were packing heat, though I don't remember if you were allowed to or not. At the time, we didn't care whether you were allowed to or not. The story I remember, was they caught the guy (murderer) wearing shoes from one of the victims. So that makes more sense it was the '90 murders, and not the '88 murders, since that was 2 women..... though, a smallish guy could wear a woman's shoes.
Moral of this story. If you are going for hikes, be prepared and remember to pack your heat. Don't become a victim. See link.