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.
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.
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.
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.
A few weeks ago, we said to stay tuned for some good news. Well here is the first round of good news, with more to come in a week or two.
The Cohos Trail Association board of directors met and authorized Ken Vallery, the president of the association, to sign an agreement offered by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) to erect a new lean-to shelter and composting latrine on the north central boundary of the Society’s Kauffmann Forest just south of the southern border of the Nash Stream Forest.
Members of the Cohos Trail Association board of directors hold aloft five of 16 new outdoor graphic panels produced by MegaPrint Inc. of Holderness, NH for us. These panels are to go up on sign kiosks and a few walls on or near the Cohos Trail route from the Whites to Canada. All the images were donated for the panels by pro and amateur photographers including Chris Whiton of White Mountain Images, Ken MacGray, John Compton, Robert John Kozlow, Dan Szcezney and Kim Nilsen.
Dear Members and Friends of The Cohos Trail Association,
On behalf of The Cohos Trail Association, I take this opportunity to express our sincerest appreciation for your contribution and/or receipt of your membership dues. The Cohos Trail Association is deeply grateful for your support and generosity.
It is through the support of our members and friends like you that we, The Cohos Trail Association, are able to continue to develop and improve the 170-mile long-distance hiking trail that all of you know as the Cohos Trail. With your generous funds given to The Cohos Trail Association, either by contribution or payment of membership dues, you have significantly helped to bring the Cohos Trail to where it is, today. It is with your aid that in 2017, the Cohos Trail will be able to do probably the most it has done in a single calendar year.
by Amy Patenaude
Coös County is the most northern and largest county in New Hampshire. Coös and Cohos are pronounced “CO-ahss” with two syllables. If you say Coös as if it rhymed with ooze you’ll quickly give yourself away as a flatlander “from away.”
The Cohos Trail (CT) travels the County from North to South over 165 miles utilizing old and new trails. The Southern terminus is Notchland (just north of Bartlett) at the Davis Path. The Northern terminus is the Canadian border at the Fourth Connecticut Lake.
If you see this man on the trail … get out of the way. He does trail work like a 25 year old. We re-blazed the Percy Loop trail red up to the campsite. Then blazed yellow and red from the campsite to the peaks trail. On Saturday we formally opened the new Trio Trail. Blazing of the Pond brook falls trail and Trio trail is done. This picture is from the Nash Stream Road end of the now non CT part of the Percy Loop trail. So many years this vision and dream of moving the CT off the road has finally been accomplished. This new route is already on the new map, shown as checkered line.
Hike the Mighty Cohos Trail
Ken Vallery President TCTA
Trio trail fun (work) day last weekend. 15 folks and of course Bonnie (CT work crew dog) did some great work on the Trio trail and Pond brook falls section. Seasonal bridge over pond brook was donated and delivered by Garland Mill Timber-frames of Lancaster NH, thank you Ben and Dana for your continued support of the CT.