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18Mar 2019

Remembering Ray Chaput

The Cohos Trail Association lost a lion in the person of director Ray Chaput, who had been with the club for nearly its entire run of 20 years. If you’ve hiked the Cohos Trail, you have seen his handiwork in signage, new trails, trail registers, blazes, kiosks, and more.

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24Sep 2018

The Cohos Trail Turns Twenty

PRESS RELEASE
The Cohos Trail Association

STEWARTSTOWN — Just after midnight on September 22nd, a large poplar tree lost its fight with 40 mph gusts of wind and crashed down at the head of the Cohos Trail southbound out of Coleman State Park, effectively sealing off the trail overnight on the day the Cohos Trail Association was to hold its Cohos Trail 20th Anniversary Bash celebration at nearby Coleman Estates. A bit of hand sawing and branch tugging on the poplar and more work on a nearby foot-diameter fir tree freed up the trail and the celebration was on.

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25Jul 2018

Devil’s Rest Shelter

Devil’s Rest is a three-sided post-and-beam shelter designed and milled by Garland Mill Timberframes of Lancaster, New Hampshire. Garland Mill operates a historic water-powered sawmill and has been a long-time supporter of The Cohos Trail Association (TCTA). This is the second structure they have built for us; the first is the Old Hermit Shelter, located just off the West side trail in Nash Stream Forest, Stark, NH. Financial support was generously provided in large part by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund.

TCTA board members and officers have been planning the Devil’s Rest project for over six years. After several attempts to locate the shelter, Devil’s Rest found its home in the Kauffmann Forest. Kauffmann is conservation land managed by The Society for the Protection of NH Forests (SPNHF); the forest abuts beautiful and pristine Christine Lake in Stark. The lean-to sits in a quiet section of the woods, a short ½-mile hike off the Cohos Trail.

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3Jun 2018

Cohos Trail June Notes

At this moment, Deer Mountain Campground in northernmost Pittsburg is closed due to storm damage that affects a number of campsites within the campground. There are a considerable number of blowdowns and leaners that have to be removed before the state facility can be opened for business.

The Moose Alley Trail got a thorough working over on Saturday thanks to nine volunteers who showed up for the National Trails Day project to reopen the trail that was subject to a timber harvest last year. The trail is now open and well blazed in yellow paint. The spur path in from Route 3 into the junction of the Moose Alley Trail and the Falls in the River Trail is blazed in orange. The Moose Alley Trail and the Falls in the River Trail are part of the Cohos Trail system and are blazed in yellow.

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7Apr 2018

What’s New on the Cohos Trail in 2018

The Cohos Trail Association has a number of critical projects on the agenda in 2018, projects that will substantially improve the trail and the ability to stay out in the backcountry under a roof.

The all-volunteer trails group will also be utilizing contracted help to support the effort to clear extensive storm damage along scores of miles of pathway the length of Coos County, NH.

So, that said, here is a look at some of the things you can expect on the Cohos Trail during the hiking season in 2018.

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21Jul 2017

What’s New Right Now in 2017

Here are some things you should know right now about the Cohos Trail.

  1. The new Trio Trail and Pond Brook Falls Trails are open, eliminating 1.9 miles of road walking in the Nash Stream Forest.
  2.  The Moose Alley Trail is closed right now (July 20) due to a logging operation. Signs are posted at either end telling you how to bypass the problem on Route 3 and the Magalloway Road.
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21Jul 2017

The new Neil Tillotson Hut shelter is complete in northern Pittsburg

Recently, a score of volunteers came out to help with the construction of the new Neil Tillotson Hut lean-to shelter in the Connecticut Lakes State Park in northern Pittsburg, NH, about 10 miles or so south of the Canadian border. Hikers may now camp legally between Lake Francis Campground and Deer Mountain Campground at the top of the state. A composting latrine has not been installed as of this writing, but will be before the hiking season ends.

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19Oct 2016

Kiosk at Happy Corners

The very first Cohos Trail graphic panel has been bolted in place on our standing kiosk at Young’s Store at Happy Corner in Pittsburg. Many more to go. They will begin showing up over the next weeks and months from Sophie’s Lane just below Deer Mt. Campground in northernmost Pittsburg all the way to Bartlett village south of Crawford Notch.

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18Oct 2016

Save the Date – November 5th

The Tillotson shelter in storage at Garland Mill in Lancaster is slated to be moved to Pittsburg in early November. We’re appealing for a few mighty Cohos Trail fans to join us for an hour or two on Friday, November 4th at 2 p.m. at the Garland Mill on Garland Road to help load the timbers (with the aid of a forklift) onto a trailer.

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14Oct 2016

Neil Tillotson Shelter

BREAKING NEWS: The department of Forest and Lands at the state offices in Lancaster has issued a formal agreement to the Cohos Trail Association that enables us to utilize a sliver of land in the southwestern corner of the Connecticut Lakes State Forest north of Route 3 for the purpose of erecting the donated log lean-to to be known formally as the Neil Tillotson Hut shelter. The shelter was donated by John Ninenger of Vermont several years ago and it was on display in the Museum of the White Mountains for a year until we moved it this past spring to Garland Mill in Lancaster where it has been in storage.

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