8Jan 2020

Meet New TCTA President: Kris Pieper

By Kim Nilsen

Recently, Kris Pieper sent photographs from the winter-encased summit of Mt. Eisenhower. He took a selfie, too, of a smiling face encrusted in ice crystals. The new president of The Cohos Trail Association is currently embarked on a winter climbing frenzy of the 4,000 footers in a bid to raise dollars for the association.

Now that alone says something about Kris.

New TCTA President Kris Pieper on Mt. Liberty

A year ago, former president Ken Vallery indicated he would step down this past November. Over the course of the year, it became clear that the association had within its ranks someone who had the caliber to wear the mantle of president. Kris, a director on the board, had been a force in volunteer efforts over the past several years, had a firm grasp of our digital and website needs, possessed uncanny communications skills, always had a grin on his face, and was just plain fun to be around and work with.


7Jan 2020

Avoid that Moose Trail! The Making of the Cohos Trail Map

By Ken Vallery

The first edition of the Cohos Trail Map came out on 11″x17″ paper and was printed on a copy machine, just a year after trail cutting started. It was the early years for the trail, and the founder, Kim Nilsen, was working hard to connect trail pieces together. As sections came together, it quickly became apparent that hikers needed assistance following the newly established and often-changing route.

It was pretty rough out there in the early 2000’s and, jokingly, Kim wonders if there might be a lost hiker or two still wandering around looking for the route to Canada. The Cohos Trail is one of the nation’s youngest long-distance hiking trails, just last year celebrating its first 20 years. The trail, officially finished a few years ago, is made up of forested footpaths, town roads, snow machine and ATV corridors, and lots of newly built hiking trails. The trail starts in Hart’s Location in Coös County and ends at the Canadian border. The trail map is ever changing, as property ownership changes, logging operations shift the landscape, or re-routes around wet areas are required. Map updates are made as expediently as possible. In addition, our long-term goal is to relocate any shared trails with ATV’s and town roads. So, cherish the Cohos Trail map you have, especially when you are on the trail, but keep an eye out for new editions and trail updates too!


6Jan 2020

Three New Directors Seated

By Kim Nilsen

In November, The Cohos Trail Association (TCTA) seated three new board members by unanimous vote to round out vacancies. Both James Fraumeni of Newton, Massachusetts, and Kevin Lacasse of Manchester earned their way onto the board, you might say, because of their substantial volunteer efforts on the Cohos Trail and unfailing interest in the life of the long pathway. And the board ensured that now retired TCTA president Ken Vallery would not get away and take his extensive knowledge and skill with him; Ken remains at the Cohos Trail table as a director


4Jan 2020

TCTA named February beneficiary of Shaw’s “Give Back Where It Counts” reusable bag program

Story by Kris Pieper

The Cohos Trail Association has been selected as a beneficiary of the Shaw’s “Give Back Where It Counts” Reusable Bag Program for the month of February 2020.

The program, which launched in April 2019, aims to make a difference in the communities shoppers live and work in. The program features the reusable Give Back Where It Counts Bag with a special tag attached to it that allows customers to direct a donation to a non-profit of their choice upon purchase. For every reusable bag purchased at Shaw’s in Lancaster, NH during the month of February, $1 will be donated by default to The Cohos Trail Association, unless the shopper specifies a different non-profit organization.


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.


24Sep 2018

The Cohos Trail Turns Twenty

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.