Honoring the Past While Building for the Future

By Ken Vallery

I will never forget holding that big wooden mallet in two hands attempting to stay steady on that ladder as I drove the first peg into the soon-to-be completed Devil’s Rest lean-to. It was certainly a proud day for me and a culmination of years of planning and work for the Cohos Trail and Garland Mill Timberframes. Since the beginning of the Cohos Trail certain individuals and companies have been st [READ MORE…]

Honoring the Past While Building for the Future2021-03-29T08:07:41-04:00

Sugarloaf: Virus Avoidance at 3,701 Feet

By Tara Giles

It was early August, six months after COVID-19 shut down our normal way of living, that I had an ‘a-ha’ moment. I had been getting out on the trails several times per week, as my new laid-back schedule afforded me more time than I knew what to do with. I took note of how busy the trails had become. This was a refreshing sight, however I knew that what I wanted from the forest and the peaks required something more.

The more time that I spent away from the chaos, bask [READ MORE…]

Sugarloaf: Virus Avoidance at 3,701 Feet2021-03-24T21:49:06-04:00

Day Hikes along the Cohos Trail

By Kris Pieper

The sun is shining and the snow is melting – summer hiking season is almost upon us! Are you looking to try out some new trails this year? The Cohos Trail may be known primarily for its thru-hiking experience, but it is made up of a great many smaller trail sections that are perfect for day hikes or a bit of afternoon exploring whenever you’ve got the time. With that said, here are some of our favorite day hikes along the CT.

Cherry Mountain – Owls Head/Mt. [READ MORE…]

Day Hikes along the Cohos Trail2021-03-28T11:47:30-04:00

Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

By Kim Nilsen

Picture this: It’s mid-August. And it’s bloody hot. It hasn’t rained appreciably for weeks. And you are in the Kilkenny division of the White Mountain National Forest and you’re running low on water. In fact, you drank your last drop. Life is hard!

While finding water is usually no problem throughout the length of the Cohos Trail, there are sections of trail where locating water is a real problem in bone dry summers. And you’re in the Kilkenny and parched. What to do [READ MORE…]

Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink2021-03-24T21:39:56-04:00

Maintaining the Trail: A Primer

By Kim Nilsen

The Cohos Trail is about 170 miles in length. That’s a lot of terrain to maintain annually. Hundreds hike some or all of the pathway each year. If you are one of those many, you may be able to help the Cohos Trail volunteer trail adopters and crews by doing simple maintenance work on the trails anytime you are out on the trail, even if just for a few minutes. Here are some simple maintenance tasks you could perform by hand or with a simple nonpowered tool or two while y [READ MORE…]

Maintaining the Trail: A Primer2021-03-24T21:36:03-04:00

Respect Our Landowners, Please!

By Ken Vallery

“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.” Sung in the 70’s by the Five-Man Electrical Band, it became an anthem signifying a culture-call for freedom during an era a few of us still remember. Currently, we are living in a viral-pandemic kind of world and signs are abundant, just signs of a different kind. Signs that tell us to wear a face mask, keep our distance, wash our hands, and more.

As hikers keep socially distant, they look for pathways further from the crowds, making [READ MORE…]

Respect Our Landowners, Please!2021-03-24T21:22:04-04:00

Trouble Spots in 2021

By Kim Nilsen

Each year we try to inform the Cohos Trail universe of potential trouble spots to watch for along the trail system between Crawford Notch and Fourth Connecticut Lake on the boundary with Canada. Here is a rundown of rough edges you may encounter out there in 2021 – from blowdowns and thick grass to logging operations and bridges in need of repairs.

As of February 16, 2021, logging operations are planned fo [READ MORE…]

Trouble Spots in 20212021-03-24T22:37:34-04:00

TCTA Welcomes Two New Directors


The Cohos Trail Association has added two new faces to its board of directors. We are excited to have Aaron Goff and Tara Giles helping to run the show – here’s a little bit about them.

Aaron Goff – Cambridge, MA
For the past 30 years Aaron has hiked and explored thousands of miles of forests, mostly in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, but also in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. He has been hiking the C [READ MORE…]

TCTA Welcomes Two New Directors2021-03-24T22:50:14-04:00

Spring 2021 Logging near Coleman State Park

By Kris Pieper

As of February 16, 2021, logging operations are planned for the winter and early spring in Stewartstown township. Hikers must use caution while traveling the Cohos Trail in the Coleman State Park region. Active logging can pose an extreme hazard to a hiker. Approach all logging equipment and trucks with caution. Please gain visual attention and acknowledgement from all machine operators encountered. Do not assume they can see you. Although the actual impact of this lo [READ MORE…]

Spring 2021 Logging near Coleman State Park2021-03-24T20:54:37-04:00

COVID-19 Updates for the Cohos Trail

By Kris Pieper

We are actively monitoring COVID-19 and assessing its impacts on the Cohos Trail. As the situation is constantly changing, we will be using this page as a space for updates as more information becomes available to us. Check back here and on Facebook for the latest on COVID-19 and its impact on the Cohos Trail.

Following State regulations, The Cohos Trail Association has reopened its five shelters and t [READ MORE…]

COVID-19 Updates for the Cohos Trail2021-03-23T23:49:30-04:00
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