“A less traveled trail traversing the ridgeline south of Mt. Cardigan.
— Simon Pendleton
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Open year round to foot traffic.
The trail is one of the less used routes in the Mt. Cardigan area, so keep an eye out for trail damage, roots, and rocks!
From the Alexandria "Four Corners" south of the Cardigan AMC lodge, head north on Knowles Hill Rd a few hundred feet before veering NE onto Church Hill Rd (look for green sign). Keep heading NE until you see a utility pole with a double white blaze, this is the start of the Skyland Trail. The trail corridor is fairly easy to follow, but the less used path can be lost easily if you're not paying attention, especially in the fall with leaves on the ground.
The trail bypasses the summit of Brown and Church mountains before intersecting the Woodland Trail
. Further on the trail goes over Grafton Knob and then Crane Mountain, passing through a few cleared sections marked with cairns. A steep climb on Crane Mountain puts you atop the ridge proper and from there you'll go over Orange Mountain, intersecting the Vistamont Trail
Continuing on the trail will climb to the southern shoulder of Mt. Cardigan, cutting across the West Ridge Trail
before ending at a T-intersection on the South Ridge Trail
Flora & Fauna
Gorgeous colors in the fall and wildflowers in the mid to late spring.