THE COHOS TRAIL BULLETIN BOARD
The Owl's Head Trail was reopened on October 11, 2010 thanks to Ray & Joan Chaput, Bob Ball, Dave & Kathi Govatski, Ed Clark & Judy Dearborn and Bill and Peg Fischang. Landowners Ken and Lila Swift & Family of Pasadena, California gave permission to the Randolph Mountain Club to reroute the closed portion of trail across their property, restoring access to already existing trails. Thanks everyone for a job well done!
Open Trails in Pittsburg: Several trails have opened up in Pittsburg to eliminate a lot of the road walking. If you are starting your hike at the northern terminus ,the US/Canadian border, then you should be aware that there's construction going on and there's no parking available at the customs station. So....with that being said, here is a step by step run-down of the hike from North to South.
To start, either park your vehicle at Deer Mountain Campground (with permission) and hike to the border, or hire a shuttle service. Check in with the border guards before hiking into Fourth Connecticut Lake or the trail in back of the station.
The section of trail in back of the border station to Deer Mountain Campground remains the same as mentioned on the maps and in the guidebook.
From Deer Mountain Campground, it is still road walking south for approximately 4 miles, watching for Idlewilde Road on your left. Idlewilde Road is now yellow blazed and a new section of trail can be found a couple hundred feet on this road (Signed and blazed on the right). 'Idlewilde Spur' will take you .3 mile to the north end of the 2nd Lake Dam on Route 3.
Visit the point (with the CT bench) then cross the wide parking area to the south end and pick up 'The Falls in The River Trail' which will take you 1.5 miles to The Falls, then another .5 mile to the junction with 'The Moose Alley Trail'.
Turn left onto the Moose Alley Trail and follow it out to the Magalloway Road 1.6 miles. Cross the Magalloway Road and take the Camp Otter Trail 2.9 miles to the Camp Otter Road.
Turn right at the dirt road and head west towards Route 3 bearing right at the intersection with Merrill Road.
Turn left and continue south on Route 3 watching for The River Road on your left. Take the River Road . 3 mile then turn right onto the Minnon-Young Trail. Follow the mowed Minnon-Young Trail for .5 mile to the back of Young's Store. Resupply at Young's
Then retrace your steps to the River Road, cross the road and take the River Road Trail .7 miles to Carr's Ridge Rd. where you'll pick up The Lake Francis Trail after crossing the bridge over the Connecticut River.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY ~ JUNE 5, 2010 (Saturday)
Meet at the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Clubhouse on Dickson Lane (off Back Lake Rd.) in Pittsburg at 9:00am for a day of sweat and fun working your choice of snowmobile, hiking or ATV trail. We'll all meet back at the clubhouse at 3:00pm for a joint barbeque...so bring plenty of water, a snack and the bug dope.
For a printable copy of all of the trail updates, click HERE and check back here often because we anticipate a lot of changes for the 2010 season.