Description: This trail is also known as George’s Grand Connector trail. Section #31.1 connects the middle of the Old North Trail (#32) halfway up the mountain to the Davis Creek Trail (#18.1) by way of a high mountain meadow filled with chest-high ferns, called “Fern Meadow” (POI #46). The trail allows hikers to make a loop and come down a different trail than they went up. It also provides another way to exit the area in case of an emergency or if you decide not to go all the way to the top of the mountain. The hike is somewhat easy once you reach the trail, since it is a reasonably level traverse halfway up the mountainside.
Access #1 - Old North Trail Junction: Reach the trail from the middle of the Old North Trail (#32) halfway up the mountain. This connection is not far above the top end of the Triumph Trail (#34) at Midway Peak.
Access #2 - Davis Creek Trail Junction: Reach the trail from the Davis Creek Trail (#18.1), a half mile above the fifth waterfall.
- The trail connects Old North Trail (#32.1) to the Davis Creek Trail (#18.1).
- The trail provides a rigorous loop hike. Go up one and come down another.
- The trail provides a second way to exit the area in case of an emergency or if you run out of time and need to get down sooner.
- Hike through beautiful forests interspersed with thrilling vistas.
- Enjoy a visit to the beautiful Fern Meadow (POI #46) halfway up the mountain.
- Early in the year, you will find springs of water everywhere.
Trail Surface and Status: This is a wilderness trail on native grasses that has been left as natural as possible. Look for the trail markers to stay on course.