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.

This particular panel is one of three identical Connecticut Lakes Region panels with the background pro image donated by Robert John Kozlow. The photo of the kiosk was taken by Cohos Trail board member Lainie Castine, who also mounted the panel on the kiosk.

Lookin’ good!


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.

shelter-build-november-4But the next day, Saturday, November 5th, is the day when we’ll need some 20 sets of hands to help us move timbers (with the aid of an ATV) from Route 3 to the shelter site in northern Pittsburg. The meeting time in the far north will be 9 a.m. The rendezvous point will be some three miles north of Young’s Store at Happy Corner.

Travel past Young’s, past West Bay at First Connecticut Lake, and past Camp Otter Road (on right). Once beyond Camp Otter Road, the highway begins to climb a hill and passes into the Connecticut Lakes State Forest (big sign at the boundary). At the very top of the hill is a pullout on the right where the Bog Bridge Trail and the Round Pond Brook Trail intersect. You may park there. Or, several hundred feet south is an indistinct pull-in on the left into a small field. We will likely have the timbers there. You may pull into that field.

It is our hope that we can move the timbers into the shelter site on the Round Pond Brook Trail not too terribly far away on that day. Most of the timbers can be managed fairly easily, but a few a very large and heavy and will need the mechanized assist much of the way.

So mark your calendar, folks. Come help us begin the process of creating something wonderful for northern Coos County. Join us in our effort to give something back to the communities of NH’s far north.

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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.

tilitson-shelter-cohos-signWe will attempt to move the stored shelter to Pittsburg soon (stay tuned for that). And we will build the shelter and its attendant composting latrine on June 4th, National Trails Day.

We’ve waited a long time for this day. It has finally arrived. This is big. This complements the recent approval to utilize a site on Society for the Project of New Hampshire Forest managed lands in the Kauffmann Forest in Stark for the purpose of building the new Devil’s Rest Shelter and latrine (slated for August of next year).

If we are fortunate to raise both buildings, the string of cabins and shelters from Mt. Cabot in the south to Deer Mountain in Pittsburg in the north will be just about complete. We are still interested in developing a shelter in Dixville on Mt. Gloriette to shorten the tough 14-mile distance of the trek between Baldhead Shelter and Panorama Shelter. Once we have the Tillotson Shelter and the Devil’s Rest Shelter in place, we can think about a shelter for Dixville and perhaps even one for the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge region.

The most troublesome missing link in the shelter system now is the lack of a lean-to in the Clarksville area, between Coleman State Park and Lake Francis State Park. But we may not need one in the future provided we are able to someday soon build a direct woods trail north out of Coleman to Lake Francis.

Whenever we build shelters, we get lots of folks to come out and help us. We always have a good olde time of it. When the time comes, come on out and join in the effort. Beats sitcom repeats and depressing political races, most would agree.



Nash Stream Shelter

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.

The location is nearby the junction of the Old Summer Club Trail and the old Jimmy Cole Brook Road (grassy old logging lane) and within the 5,000-plus acre Kauffmann Forest property. The site solves a few problems for hikers on the long-distance Cohos Trail. The site can be reached over a long day’s hike from Mt. Cabot cabin in the Kilkenny. The distance between the cabin and the new shelter site would be something on the order of 14 to 15 miles, a good majority of that trek being in descent. .

In the opposite direction, the site is a modest day’s jaunt away from the Old Hermit Shelter on Sugarloaf Arm. So the location allows hikers to string together overnight stays under a lean-to roof from Mt. Cabot cabin all the way north to Coleman State Park, where the state maintains a shelter, as well.

The structure the association would like to build would be quite similar to that of the beautiful Old Hermit Shelter. A composting latrine would be erected close by, too, to take care of sanitation needs.

The signed agreement will reach the Forest Society offices today. It may take until this time next year to complete the shelter, but we now have the opportunity to do so, thanks to SPNHF’s considerable help.

Now, stay tuned one more time. There is more to come regarding shelters


The Kiosk Signs

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.

Appearing in the photo are (from front left) Ken Vallery of Lancaster, president of the association, Lainie Castine of Stewartstown, Bill Schomburg of Columbia, Kim Nilsen (back left) of Spofford, and Nancy Spaulding (hidden by the panel) of Stark. The photo was taken by Cohos Trail vice president Kirsten Silfvenius.