New Hiking Trail

Hiking New Hampshire's Cohos Trail

English: The Appalachian Trail in the southern...
English: The Appalachian Trail in the southern Presidential Range of New Hampshire, facing south towards Mount Pierce. Photo by Ken Gallager, August 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hiking the Cohos Trail from New Hampshire's White Mountains to Canadian Border
Cohos Trail–New Hampshire

Something new for hikers in New England. The recently completed Cohos Trail blazes north from New Hampshire’s White mountains to the Canadian border. This 162-mile Appalachian-like trail was the dream of Kim Nilsen who conceived the idea 34 years ago.

This trail is remote and wild and is “the largest trail system to be built in the northeast in generations.” As the third major trail in New England (complementing the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail), the Cohos offers true solitude to the hiker. Sue Kenn is the first thru-hiker of the Cohos Trail, and she has confirmed how wild and remote the trail is. It offered, Kenn says, “the chance to do something new, but also to be in a quiet place, and really just be by myself.”

It’s remote because most New Hampshire hikers continue to Maine after hiking through the Presidential Range. They don’t swing due north towards Canada. “Everybody knows the Presidential Range,” Nilsen says, “but there’s a whole ‘nother 100 miles north of that filled with dramatic peaks and huge lakes and waterfalls galore, and we made it possible for people to trek out there, to steep themselves in the magic of that part of the world for a little while.”

I can’t wait to hike this trail. If you are looking for a new trail that promises pristine beauty, and want to be with only a few friends and not run in to scout packs and groups of hikers, I can’t think of a better place to plan a hike. When I’m in the mountains, I often wonder what it must have been like when Native Americans roamed the lands. What did they see? I bet the Cohos Trail in northern New Hampshire will get you very close to the untouched beauty of Indian times.

Backpacking the Cohos Trail in New Hampshire
New Hampshire–view from the Cohos Trail

photos from Internet public domain


Published by Ray Anderson

Hiker and writer. Have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. My trail name is "HAMLET." Have written three hiking novels (thrillers). The first one, "THE TRAIL," was traditionally published in 2015. My second hiking thriller, "SIERRA," released Oct 2016. Book three in my AWOL hiking-thriller series, "THE DIVIDE" releases from Turner Publishing 8/18/2020.

4 thoughts on “New Hiking Trail

  1. The Cohos Trail appears to be quite an adventure. I noticed the flowers in the picture – I’d be taking photos or drawing the vegetation along the way to determine what each was. We miss so much by simply hopping in our cars.

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