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.
SHELTERS AND TENT PLATFORM REOPENED – WITH RESTRICTIONS
Following State regulations, The Cohos Trail Association has reopened its five shelters and tent platform to overnight use. Disinfectant sprays have been provided at each site and overnight occupancy is currently limited to one group at a time. The sites in question are: Devil’s Rest Shelter, Old Hermit Shelter, Baldhead Lean-to, Panorama Shelter, Neil Tillotson Hut, and Percy Loop Tentsite.
WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST
A large part of our trail, between the southern terminus at the Davis Path and the northern end of the Kilkenny Ridge at South Pond, lies within the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). Restrictions and guidelines set by the WMNF during the pandemic should be followed by all hikers on the Cohos Trail while hiking within National Forest boundaries. Please refer to the WMNF web page for the latest updates.
TRAIL ADOPTERS AND VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES
Volunteers are able to resume work at this time; however, TCTA does not expect at-risk individuals to do any sort of trail work during the pandemic. If any volunteer would prefer to stay off the trails entirely this year, we support that decision. Protecting your health is the top priority. The trails will be there (and so will the blowdowns) once COVID-19 passes!
Currently, the State of New Hampshire is allowing trail work on state lands, limited to work parties of six (6) individuals who have filled out a COVID-19 screening questionnaire. If your trail crosses state lands, please follow the state’s guidelines when working on your trail. If you are not sure whether your trail is on state lands, please email Sue Wentworth for clarification.