Discover New Hampshire’s Cohos Trail

About the trip

Cohos to Canada is the journal of a first-timer’s backpacking trip along New Hampshire’s Cohos Trail in August 2009. I decided to celebrate my 50th birthday by heading to the northern third of the trail. I expected good scenery and a good workout. I found much more than that. Let me share with you how I fell in love with New Hampshire’s north country (Photo in header: First Connecticut Lake and Mt. Magalloway in Pittsburg, seen from the Cohos Trail on Prospect Mountain.)

Crowdfunding effort for 2016-2017 trail improvements

Read about the project, and let trail founder Kim Nilsen tell you about it.

About the trail

February 2015: the official Cohos Trail web site is now live after a complete makeover. Together with the 2014 trail guide and the Friends of the Cohos Trail Facebook page, the site will help you plan your own Cohos Trail adventure.

New Trail Guide, 2014

Cohos Trail guide coverAfter years of improvement and re-routing of the trail that left earlier guides hopelessly outdated, the 2014 edition of The Cohos Trail: 165 Miles of Hiking from the White Mountains to Canada has been published. It’s also available in e-book format. Post to the Friends of the Cohos Trail Facebook page to inquire about current map availability. New maps, which will include the new routes in the Connecticut Lakes region, should be available by early 2016.

Kim Nilsen had a dream three decades ago about a long-distance trail through New Hampshire’s north country, and he worked to make that dream come to life and to bring together other people with the same vision. The result is the Cohos Trail. It’s over 160 miles long, stretching from the Davis Path in Crawford Notch to the Canadian border at Pittsburg. It’s an international trail, now that it connects with the Sentiers Frontaliers trail network in Quebec. The southern part of the trail piggybacks on trails maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Randolph Mountain Club in the White Mountains. North of NH Rt. 110 in Stark, the Cohos Trail comes into its own, bringing hikers to areas quieter and more remote than the much-traveled paths of the Whites.

About the accommodations mentioned in my trail journal

The trip described in this journal took place in 2009. As of 2014, Sportsman’s Lodge is no longer in business. Fortunately, Rudy’s Cabins and Campground on Clarksville Pond less than a mile from the trail still welcomes Cohos Trail hikers. Camping is available at Lake Francis, Deer Mountain, and Coleman State Parks. Read more about them here. On the way to or from the Trail, travelers can still enjoy Robie’s Cabins on US 3 in Pittsburg village. The cabins, each with kitchenette, bathroom, and air conditioning, are conveniently located and reasonably priced.


2 thoughts on “Discover New Hampshire’s Cohos Trail

  1. I have relatives in Vt. I have done some long distance hiking in Michigan (the Shore to Shore Trail Tawas to Empire ~ 225 miles) in the early 1970s.
    Active in AK wilderness ANWR (1991 & 2010); Gates of the Arctic 1971 (before it was a park), 1996, 2001; and numerous week long backpacks since moving to AK in 1990. COHOS TRAIL appeals to me since no bear container, shotgun/.44 magnum needed. May attempt thru hike next spring. I gave your guidebooks and current maps. Thanks.

    • If you make it to the Granite State, I hope you enjoy your time on the trail! The Friends of the Cohos Trail Facebook page remains the best way to get up-to-date trail information, so check it out as you make your plans.

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