The Charquin Trail begins where the Ridge Trail
, Borel Hill, and Charquin Trail meet near the Vista Point
along Skyline Boulevard. The trail descends along a gravel, doubletrack trail through a ravine. The Ridge Trail
is above you to the left, while deer and turkeys can be seen feeding in the gullies along the trail on the right. At .3 miles, the Alder Spring Trail
breaks off to the right and heads out toward the Hawk Ridge Trail
while the Charquin Trail breaks to the left and enters the woods. The trail crosses a ravine that can be full of water if it has been raining. Cane can be found growing along the gully, indicating that there is a lot of moisture in the area. Around .7 miles, the Ancient Oaks Trail
climbs to the left as the Charquin Trail descends for a little while longer until it emerges along a hillside with views off to the west of the mountains and Mindego Hill.
The trail descends until roughly 1.5 miles when the trail re-enters the woods. The trail climbs steeply for a short amount of time in a forest where ferns now dominate the landscape. As the trail leaves the drier fields, the plant life has transformed into the varieties that thrive in creek valleys or where seasonal creeks exist. The trail finally climbs up a small hill and emerges at the junction with the Mindego Hill Trail
. If you go to the right, the trail leads to Mindego Hill, but is closed to mountain bikers. If you go to the left, the trail climbs back to the parking area along Alpine Road
near the Audrey C. Rust Commemorative Site. From here, you can follow the Ancient Oaks Trail
back to the upper parts of the preserve, and use other trails to get back to where you parked. Otherwise, follow the trail back uphill to where you parked.