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.
  3.  Logging took place on the recently opened Sugar Hill Trail south of Coleman State Park. You can get through the area if you take your time and look for the blazing that was not felled by the loggers in late 2016. 
  4. The original route of the Cohos Trail — western leg of the Isolation Trail, Dry River Trail, Eisenhower Trail, are open after having been rebuilt a bit or rendered accessible again after closure five years ago due to Hurricane Irene.
  5. Check for ticks daily if you’ve been walking in grassy areas.
  6. The new Neil Tillotson Hut lean-to shelter in northern Pittsburg, half way between Lake Francis Campground and Deer Mountain Campground has been completed. There is water nearby. A composting latrine is being built for the site but has not be finished and hauled into the shelter as yet.
  7. The Cohos Trail Association will likely build a second shelter in 2017, in the Kauffmann Forest in Stark, just south of the south central boundary of the Nash Stream Forest. This new shelter — The Devil’s Rest — will be one rather long day’s hike away from Mt. Cabot cabin in the Kilkenny and a half day’s hike away from the Old Hermit Shelter on Sugarloaf Arm in the Nash Stream Forest.

    The new Neil Tillotson Hut lean-to as it nears completion in northern Pittsburg township.

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.

The new Neil Tillotson Hut lean-to as it nears completion in northern Pittsburg township.