IS THE TRAIL DIFFICULT?
Yes and No! The Cohos Trail can be difficult in places, largely because it is lengthy and, in many places, very isolated. There are few supply stops. There are a number of shelters, but one must carry a tent for about half the overnights on the trail. Therefore, The Cohos Trail is not for everyone. You need above average woods and outdoor skills, and good physical condition and health to make a go of it. You need to carry a very well thought-out pack, and, if you are a through-hiker, you’ll need to ship caches ahead to several locations. However, many features along the trail can be visited easily in an hour or two, so great day hikes are possible.
The Cohos Trail is no less than 170 miles long. Conditions on the trail can range from the high heat of summer to Arctic chill in the spring and fall. It can snow above 4,000 feet elevation at any time of year, literally. So you must come prepared to meet the challenges of a broad range of weather conditions.
WHO CREATED THE COHOS TRAIL?
The Cohos Trail was first conceived by Kim Robert Nilsen of Spofford, NH and developed by a small all-volunteer organization– The Cohos Trail Association (TCTA). Many of its volunteers, officers and board members hail from Coos County, NH (in the far north). It has been built by volunteers near and far, by students in the North Country Trailmaster program, by high school students, Eagle Scouts, Americorps workers, several highly skilled cutters from the woods industry, elderly citizens, even children. People from all the states in the Northeast and from states as far away as Texas have spent time maintaining the trail.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE COHOS TRAIL?
Look through this web site thoroughly. It will inform you about great sections of the trail, about day hikes, and about how to get there. It will inform you where you may camp, how to keep from getting lost, what lodging is available and where, and even where to obtain shuttle service. It will show you about how you might join the TCTA, how you can help and volunteer, where you can purchase maps, guidebooks and other products, and how you can support this vast effort in other ways.
FRIENDS OF THE COHOS TRAIL ON FACEBOOK
Be sure to check out our page, Friends of the Cohos Trail, on Facebook. We post there almost daily. If things are going on, they are going on on that Friends page. You may meet people there and post information or questions there about the trail.
A WILD PLACE
Remember, The Cohos Trail is a wild trail in a million acres of mountains and forests. It’s for those who really, really want to get away from it all. It’s a trail where you can test yourself, and a trail where you can find real solace, the sort of peace you might have experienced had you arrived here 1,000 years ago.
WELL THEN, WELCOME
We want to welcome you to our favorite place in the whole world, The Great North Woods of New Hampshire’s far flung Coos County. We hope you enjoy this place we call home as much as we do. Leave your world behind and enjoy the peace and solitude of the trail and the occasional chat with a moose.
The Cohos Trail Association
PO Box 82
Lancaster, NH 03584