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    Cohos Trail

    I have the second half of August off and am thinking about thru-hiking the Cohos Trail (CT), which I'm estimating should take 9-10 days. I never hear any mention of it! I've section-hiked the Long Trail, which was really fun, and I'm looking for something...new. Yes, I love the Whites, but after 500+ peaks, I'm looking for something new.

    If you've done the CT or parts of it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

    I also have to get a ride up to the north terminus of the trail, and it looks like I might have to pay someone. If anybody knows of someone who could drive me, please let me know.

    Also, there seems to be a full trail guide and also a shorter version. I don't want to buy both. Any suggestions on which of the two I should get if I'm only getting one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    I have the second half of August off and am thinking about thru-hiking the Cohos Trail (CT), which I'm estimating should take 9-10 days. I never hear any mention of it! I've section-hiked the Long Trail, which was really fun, and I'm looking for something...new. Yes, I love the Whites, but after 500+ peaks, I'm looking for something new.

    If you've done the CT or parts of it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

    I also have to get a ride up to the north terminus of the trail, and it looks like I might have to pay someone. If anybody knows of someone who could drive me, please let me know.

    Also, there seems to be a full trail guide and also a shorter version. I don't want to buy both. Any suggestions on which of the two I should get if I'm only getting one?


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    There is a FB group called Friends of the Cohos Trail that might be helpful.
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    Your best bet for a shuttle would probably be Trail Angels or the Rattle River Hostel as both are more north country oriented.

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    I did the entire trail two summers ago. It is an "adventurous" trail. I was glad to finally do it and would do most of it again.

    Report here: http://runsuerun.blogspot.com/2015/0...trail.html?m=1

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    The Cohos Trail is terrific!

    YOU can find all kinds of information about it here:
    http://www.cohostrail.org/

    and here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/153039451407973/

    Have fun!
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    I joined the Facebook group a few hours ago and already found a ride to the other terminus! I'm happy to hear people have had good experiences on the trail, it looks like a very different experience from the highways that lead up the NH48.

    Stink, thank you for the blog post, it was fantastic!

    If anyone else has comments, suggestions, or can point me to other posts, those would all be greatly appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    I joined the Facebook group a few hours ago and already found a ride to the other terminus! I'm happy to hear people have had good experiences on the trail, it looks like a very different experience from the highways that lead up the NH48.

    Stink, thank you for the blog post, it was fantastic!

    If anyone else has comments, suggestions, or can point me to other posts, those would all be greatly appreciated.


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    Glad to hear it! I'm guessing you've figured out already that the trail is constantly evolving, so just make sure you're apprised for the most recent changes for this year.
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    It looks like I also should be grateful for hiking the trail in August when things are likely to be at their driest, since stretches of it look rather...moist, other times of the year.

    It is rather notable that one effect of hiking the 48 is that it is rare to (well, never) find oneself on a trail that is overgrown with grasses, while this does appear to be more of an issue with the CT. I also noticed that on the LT once the AT diverged: it was readily noticeable that the grasses encroached once all the thru-hikers were no longer passing by.

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    What an adventure! Sounds like the CT could be the northern end of what I envision as an expansion of the New England Trail to the Canadian border. I see it continuing north from the Mass/NH border, over Monadnock and on to Sunapee, then over to Kearsarge, Cardigan, across to lakes country over Whiteface and Passaconaway and on to the Davis Path and points north. Someday! Likewise, I'd love if the Long Trail could be augmented into a Longer Trail by continuing to coincide with the AT down to Sherman/Kent, CT, then down past Candlewood Lake and on to Long Island Sound, perhaps in Darien, having crossed New Fairfield, Danbury, Ridgefield, Wilton and New Canaan. Probably a tougher get, though I like to dream about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    It is rather notable that one effect of hiking the 48 is that it is rare to (well, never) find oneself on a trail that is overgrown with grasses, while this does appear to be more of an issue with the CT. I also noticed that on the LT once the AT diverged: it was readily noticeable that the grasses encroached once all the thru-hikers were no longer passing by.
    If overgrown trails and solitude appeal to you then you may want to consider hiking the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway. I did MSG recently and I had to share a shelter with two other hikers on the first night only. Other than that I did not run into any other thru-hikers and I saw only a handful of day hikers at Monanock, Pitcher Mountain & Mt. Sunapee. Other than that I had the trail and shelters all to myself!

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    Not only that, Chris, but the trail continues on for another 70 miles into Canada, making it only 30 or so miles shorter than the Long Trail. The CT is still a new trail, and it doesn't go over 4,000 footers. Interestingly, when my friend Neil and I co-led about 11 AMC weekends to cover the LT, if the particular trip went over a 4,000 footer, we always had people sign up. When the section didn't have a 4,000 footer, as often as not it was just the two of us!

    As AmKrys's posting shows, when one takes away mountains to bag or a name trail like the AT, suddenly hikers are few and far between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    Not only that, Chris, but the trail continues on for another 70 miles into Canada, making it only 30 or so miles shorter than the Long Trail. The CT is still a new trail, and it doesn't go over 4,000 footers. Interestingly, when my friend Neil and I co-led about 11 AMC weekends to cover the LT, if the particular trip went over a 4,000 footer, we always had people sign up. When the section didn't have a 4,000 footer, as often as not it was just the two of us!

    As AmKrys's posting shows, when one takes away mountains to bag or a name trail like the AT, suddenly hikers are few and far between.
    I thought it went over Cabot and Waumbek, with an option for tagging Washington, and passes right next to Isolation and Monroe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJsName View Post
    I thought it went over Cabot and Waumbek, with an option for tagging Washington, and passes right next to Isolation and Monroe.
    It does look like it catches the Starr King Trail, followed by Kilkenny Ridge and so would traverse Waumbek and Cabot, also catching Iso on the Davis Path, no?

    Anyhow, seems like a cool outing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJsName View Post
    I thought it went over Cabot and Waumbek, with an option for tagging Washington, and passes right next to Isolation and Monroe.
    The CT route "proper" is off Davis Path via Isolation Trail (west) and up Mt. Eisenhower Trail. Therefore, one can easily climb Eisenhower, but Monroe and Washington are a few miles off.

    Obviously Isolation is very close. The CT does hit the 4k summits of Waumbek and Cabot. Not surprisingly, on my CT end-to-end in 2015, I met the most people, by FAR, on Edmands Path and Starr King Trail.

    re MSGT: it's been awhile, but I have run that trail E2E 4 times and never found it to be overgrown.

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    I hiked the Cohos last year and enjoyed it, although there was definitely some type-2 fun in there, especially north of the Kilkenny. If you are confident in your ability to follow overgrown trails, don't get too upset when trail markers (or the trail, in the case of an active logging section) disappear for a while, and like not seeing people for a day or two, then you will enjoy the Cohos. If you really prefer clear tread ways and meeting other hikers, save the northern portion of the CT for another time.

    As for which book: the shorter data book is what you want to have on the hike and it is (or was, last year) available in e-book form as well as print. The larger book is great, and has a lot of stories about the history, places and features along the trail but doesn't have the kind of detail you want when you can't find the trail or need to know where to camp.

    Your feet WILL get wet on those northern logging roads and snowmobile trails. Bring extra socks and some Gold Bond.
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