Welcome to The Cohos Trail – 170 miles of wilderness hiking in NH!


This is the link for the winter 2022 newsletter, it says summer but it is the November 25, 2022 issue

The Cohos Trail runs from southern Crawford Notch in the White Mountain National Forest through the Great North Woods to the Canadian border at far-flung Pittsburg, NH. Hearty souls can then continue on Sentier Frontalier’s trails to Mount Megantic or Mount Gosford in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. This network is the only international trail system in New Hampshire and the second international pathway in the East. There are many day hike opportunities along the full length of the Cohos Trail and a great deal of remote territory to explore where you may meet more moose than humans.



A logging operation is about to begin in the vicinity of the Bald Mountain Notch Trail in the Nash Stream Forest. It is advisable to avoid the trail and the logging trucks and logging equipment in there from this coming week to the middle of December.

In order to avoid the logging job, please do the following:

If northbound, approach the entrance kiosk to the Nash Stream Forest on Percy Road but bypass it instead of turning up the trail. Continue west on the road to the hamlet of Percy. Watch for the Christine Lake Road on the right. Turn uphill and climb out of the valley. On the level now, pass the entrance to Christine Lake parking area. Continue to walk the road for 600 feet until the road begins to bend to the left. Stay straight ahead and enter an old woods lane (trail). Pass a green gate and a spur on the left. Soon pass a snowmobile trail on the right. A bit beyond the snowmobile trail watch for a junction and a lane to the left. Take that left turn and walk on the level for about 10 minutes. Soon the trail begins to climb out of the valley.

Continue uphill in the forest. Eventually pass the entrance to the Devil’s Rest shelter on the left. Shortly reach the Jimmy Cole Brook Road crossroads. Walk directly north, access the old road and enter the Old Summer Club Trail. You are good to go.

If southbound, descend on the Old Summer Club Trail. Reach the Jimmy Cole Brook Road crossroads. Cross directly south across the lane and descend on woods lane (trail). Pass the entrance to the Devil’s Rest shelter on the right. Descend until the trail levels out and turns due east. Stay on the level for 10 minutes until you reach a junction. Turn right (south) and stay straight ahead, walking on very gradually descending lane. Pass a snowmobile trail on the left. Stay straight. Pass a spur on the right and slip around a green gate.

You will now reach the Percy Summer Club Road as it bends to the west. Stay straight ahead (south). Pass the entrance to the Christine Lake parking access. Now descend quickly downhill to Percy hamlet and the Percy Road. Turn left. Walk the Percy Road on the level for a mile. Pass the entrance kiosk to the Nash Stream Forest and the Bald Mountain Notch Trail. Stay with the road. You are now on the Cohos Trail route as it moves southward.

May 2022 – reroute of the trail from Edmands Path to the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel – under “The Trail”, changes and updates.

August 2022 – Please check out our new Cohos Trail Bandana in our store.

NEW TRAIL opening on September 11, 2022. Nilsen’s leg new trail open for hikers. New route removes 14.1 miles of shared use. See trail changes for map.

September 2022 – https://newenglandtrailconditions.com/cohostrail.php – One of our adopters discovered that New England Trail Conditions has added a spot to post about the Cohos Trail.

ALERT! 9/19/2022 – Eversource has begun a power line project beside and across the southern end of the Bald Mountain Notch Trail. There is increased truck activity in the Bell Hill and Percy roads area. Hikers should be cautious and follow the directions of the power line crew when crossing the work area. They have posted signage.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following State regulations, The Cohos Trail Association has reopened its five shelters and tent platform. Please refer to this page for the most up-to-date information.

Hike Your Own Hike

The Cohos Trail is a wild trail in a million acres of mountains and forests, for those who really want to get away from it all - for a nice afternoon, or a 3-week adventure!

Classic New Hampshire Hiking from Crawford to Canada

You can hike the Cohos Trail in whatever way works for you. Hike your own Hike – and enjoy every minute of the pristine beauty that awaits you on the Cohos Trail.

Thru Hikers

Day Hikers

Latest Trail Updates

Nature is in charge of the real trail making - we just make it easier for you to find you way through! Check back regularly for updates and changes.

Nature is always changing, so check here before you head out!

This trail is a work in progress – be sure to check back for regular updates

Trail Updates and Changes

Support the Cohos Trail

Become a Member or donate today! There are also a number of other ways folks can support our efforts - from volunteering to donating supplies.

Every little bit helps!

There are several different ways you can support our trail:


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Adopt a Trail


Wondering how you can make a difference? Support the Cohos Trail by purchasing a Membership or Merchandise. Here are some of our favorites!