My favorite CT founder last weekend

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

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Trio Trail Work Day

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.
We had three crews working, a south to north blaze crew led by Kim N., with Kim Votta reblazing the Loop trail. Second blazing crew led by the Wentworth 3, blazed North to South. My crew put up posts/signs/blazes/ bridges on both trail. This was our second work day and we successfully opened a new section of the CT. Thank you volunteers for helping us exceed our matching labor hours for the RTP grant. Your continued hard work and support of the Cohos Trail is appreciated.
Ken

Trail Notes 8-6-16

TRAIL NOTES:
The Trio Trail is now 99 percent complete, signed, blazed, and very easy to follow. A few logs have to be cut out of the trail as yet, and some minor tweaking needs to be carried out in several spots, but the pathway is easy to navigate and is a great pleasure to be out on now. The views out to big Sugarloaf and its neighboring peaks are a delight.

Several folks were thru-hiking it while we were working on it today. Because the treadway is so distinct and the blazing and signage so good, there is no possiblity of getting lost.

The Percy Loop Trail has been reblazed in red. The lower half of the trail, from the Trio Trail junction is blazed solidly in bright red. Above the junction and uphill to the Percy Peaks Trail junction, the Percy Loop now carries two blazes, one yellow (Cohos Trail color) and one red, because the upper section is a part of the Cohos Trail. The lower section is no longer part of the CT route. But to avoid confusion over the upper and lower sections, we added the red color.

There are reports from numerous folks about the severe tornado-like storm that hit the region north of Dixville Notch last week. (See Pete Castine’s report on this FOTCT page.) On the Lake Francis Trail in particular there are a good deal of fallen trees that need some work getting around. Be aware of it. It will take more time to get through the area until folks can get in to clean it up.

The Pond Brook Falls Trail now has a heavy temporary bridge in place over Pond Brook, thanks to a donation of big squared timbers from Dana Southworth at the Garland Mill in Lancaster. A crew of six installed the heavy timbers and chained them to a tree. the surface was covered with chicken wire to ensure a sure nonskid footing. Each fall the timbers will be pulled back from the stream. Late each spring they will be reinstalled. This trail also has a bog bridge over one wet spot a bit downhill from the bridge.

We had 15 volunteers (and one dog) on hand for the work day, ranging from eleven years of age to nearly 70 years. Great crew. Great day out there. Rain held off for most of the day, and what rain did come down was brief and not enough to soak clothing.

We are working to see if we can get the new bypass on the Sanguinary Summit Trail put in this fall, so we can eliminate one of our toughest problem sections in the entire CT and pick up the open summit of Mt. Sanguinary for the first time.

Last week in the Clarksville area south of Lake Francis and after the storm, the ground in a number of places was covered with leaves that had been blazed off trees by a heavy barrage of hail.

Still dry out there, but a bit of rain overnight got some rivulets running again, so water is easier to come by in some places.

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center

TRAIL NOTES: The NorthWoods Stewardship Center crew of eight has completed work on the new Trio Trail from the Percy Loop Camp on the north flank of North Percy Peak all the way to Trio Ponds Road, where the path links up with the new Pond Brook Falls Trail. They have pulled out their tents and gear and are headed up to work on the last bit of restoration work on the Deer Mountain Firetower Trail five miles south of the Canadian border.

The Cohos Trail Association will hold a work day on August 6th to sign and blaze the new Trio Trail. We’ll post info about this effort shortly.

There are some new yellow-topped grade stakes standing in the large field near the southern end of the Slide Brook Trail in Jefferson. These stakes should make it easier for folks to find their way both north and south across the field.

A draft proposal for a new trail from Coleman State Park to Lake Francis has been written. It will get some tweaking over the next week or two and be ready for submission to NH officials to see if the proposal will fly. We’d very much like to build this new pathway in 2018.

northwoodsstewardshipcrewWe our hoping to get word shortly about being able to move ahead with the development of a new shelter in Stark. We’ll keep you posted on this critical issue.

Moose are already making good use of the new but not officially opened Trio Trail. Lots of tracks in the soils and some moose scat.

The beaver work on the south end of the East Side Trail has been dismantled a bit to make it easier to get through. Two trees had come down on top of the bundle of beaver chewed branches, too, making it a bit of a challenge to get around. No problems now.

Awaiting the final formal okay to place sign kiosks in the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge, one along Route 115 and one along the Col. Whipple Road.

Observed two white tailed deer, an osprey, a goshawk, one screaming grouse (nearly stepped on it), half a dozen red squirrels, songbirds aplenty, and 500 deer flies on the bushwhack from Coleman to Lake Francis. Moose sign, but no moose. Black bears have been tearing up old logs to get at the ants. Came across bear scat but no bruin, unfortunately.

Ken Vallery photo: the NorthWoods Stewardship Center backcountry trails crew that just completed work on the new Trio Trail in the Nash Stream Forest and is now off to northern Pittsburg to put the finishing touches on the Deer Mountain Firetower Trail.

 

Proposed new trail

From Kim Nilson:

Here’s an updated map of a proposed new trail directly north out of Coleman State Park in Stewartstown to the easternmost inlets to Lake Francis in Pittsburg.

Bushwhacked quite a bit of the route and road walked all the way back in about 13 hours. I’m happy to report I’m still alive. I don’t recommend the bushwhack. Old logging cuts have a way of making passage a bit less than pleasant.

Cursed the deer flies quite a bit. Fell hard just once. Missed Carr Pond, much to my navigational shame. And I’ll probably lose a body part: my little toenail on my right foot.

But the view from a third of the way north was well worth trek: South Ridge, Cedar Mountain, Whipple Ridge, Magalloway Mt., Diamond Ridge, a bit of the top of Stub, and the boundary mountains on the Canadian border. Fine vista, I must say. Interesting black spruce bog at the foot of Whipple Ridge, too.

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Kiosks

Putting final touches on graphic work for display panels for sign kiosks for the Cohos Trail. Here are four additional examples. The image of the high elevation bog at Deer Mt. and North Percy Peak are courtesy of Ken MacGray. Robert John Koslow donated the image of First Connecticut Lake with Mt. Magalloway looming in the distance. And John Compton took the fine photo of Pond Brook Falls in the Nash Stream Forest. In a day or two, we’ll post another batch.

August 6th 2016

Put August 6th on the calendar. We will be hosting a work day in the Nash Stream Forest, blazing and signing the Trio Trail — being built right this minute — from Percy Loop Camp on the north flank of North Percy Peak to the Trio Ponds Road and then down the Pond Brook Falls Trail and out to the Nash Stream Road.

Volunteers will be blazing both north and south and putting up some signage along more than four miles of trail and repainting the lower half of the Percy Loop Trail in an orange color, because the Cohos Trail route will then be following the yellow blazes on the Trio Trail.

Also, there will be some bridge and bog bridge projects underway on the upper length of the Pond Brook Falls Trail.
Folks will begin assembling at the Pond Brook Falls parking pullout at Mile 5 on the Nash Stream Road in Stark township at 8 am in the morning. Sign-in will be at the pullout. A Cohos Trail Association volunteer will remain at the parking area for about 90 minutes to help with late arrivals. The work should continue until nearly 3 pm in the afternoon.

Bring clothing that can get dirty and paint splattered. Bring a lunch and a snack, and plenty of fresh water. The Cohos Trail Association will provide tools, blazing materials, paint, and supplies for the bridge work.

Some folks will be required to walk as many as five miles during this work day. Those who like a good woods walk should have a good time of it.

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Save the Date August 6th 2016

Put August 6th on the calendar. We will be hosting a work day in the Nash Stream Forest, blazing and signing the Trio Trail — being built right this minute — from Percy Loop Camp on the north flank of North Percy Peak to the Trio Ponds Road and then down the Pond Brook Falls Trail and out to the Nash Stream Road.

Volunteers will be blazing both north and south and putting up some signage along more than four miles of trail and repainting the lower half of the Percy Loop Trail in an orange color, because the Cohos Trail route will then be following the yellow blazes on the Trio Trail.

Also, there will be some bridge and bog bridge projects underway on the upper length of the Pond Brook Falls Trail.

Folks will begin assembling at the Pond Brook Falls parking pullout at Mile 5 on the Nash Stream Road in Stark township at 8 am in the morning. Sign-in will be at the pullout. A Cohos Trail Association volunteer will remain at the parking area for about 90 minutes to help with late arrivals. The work should continue until nearly 3 pm in the afternoon.

Bring clothing that can get dirty and paint splattered. Bring a lunch and a snack, and plenty of fresh water. The Cohos Trail Association will provide tools, blazing materials, paint, and supplies for the bridge work.

Some folks will be required to walk as many as five miles during this work day. Those who like a good woods walk should have a good time of it.

Trail Notes – July 7th 2016

TRAIL NOTES:
You folks are rocking the mighty Cohos Trail. Lots of interest. Lots of sales of the new maps and databooks. More trekkers out on the trail than at any time in memory.

Plenty of work has been done on the new Trio Trail from the Percy Loop Camp campsite on the north flank of North Percy Peaks all the way to the Trio Pond Road where the new Pond Brook Falls Trail meets that lane. The NorthWoods Stewardship Center crews are hammering out the big swing around Long Mountain as we speak and making substantial progress.

Trail adopter Mary Sturtevant and Sam Farrington worked the Deadwater area recently, maintaining the long stretch in the backcountry of Clarksville township. They’ve made the route easier to follow out there.

Pro photographers are showing up on the Cohos Trail more and more these days, looking for new terrain to train their lens on. On the website 52 With A View, the Percy Peaks have garnered quite a bit of attention of late. And why not. Great summits each.

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