With chainsaw, clippers, branch loppers, mattock, shovel, and other trail tools in hand, five Granite Staters recently emerged from the forest around a bend on NH Route 3 six miles from the Canadian border and cut the last remaining brush and sapling trees to complete the 165-mile hiking pathway known as the Cohos Trail. The long-distance foot trail, twelve years in the making, is now complete end-to-end, from southern Crawford Notch at Harts Location to Fourth Connecticut Lake here, hard by the international boundary line.
Today, a hiking advocate can stand on the shores of a tiny marsh-like fen on the Canadian border and, in less than two weeks, walk across the Saco River cable-stay bridge at Harts Location and out to Route 302. In doing so, a tramper will have transited almost the entire length of Coos County, New Hampshire’s largest and most isolated county. Along the way, hikers crest 35 mountains, visit as many as half a dozen waterfalls, stand on many a cliff ledge, stay at several lean-to shelters (with more to come soon), a summit cabin, organized campsites, trek up to grand resort hotels, charming inns and bread-and-breakfast establishments, explore arctic tundra, and skirt many ponds and lakes, including 2,800 acre First Connecticut Lake.
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