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Skyland Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,311' 400 m
Descent: -630' -192 m
High: 2,787' 849 m
Low: 2,028' 618 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Simon Pendleton

A less traveled trail traversing the ridgeline south of Mt. Cardigan.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open year round to foot traffic.

Runner Notes

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!

Description

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.

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Photos

Photo from the Skyland Trail looking north toward the summit of Mt. Cardigan
Jul 5, 2015 near Grafton, NH
The junction between Skyland and Vistamont Trail on the summit of Gilman Mtn (photo looking east down Vistamont Trail).
Jul 5, 2015 near Grafton, NH

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