Two years ago, during my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I first heard of the Cohos Trail, which runs from the White Mountains up to the Canadian border of New Hampshire. At about the same time, I heard about the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, which runs through the middle of Massachusetts. I thought I had a great original idea to try to connect these trails into one great big trail and hike them in one shot some day.
The more I researched, the more feasible it seemed. The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail, the Metacomet Trail, the Matabessett Trail, several White Mountains trails, and the Cardigan Mountain state park are all close enough to each other that a thru-hike of this trail system might be pretty easy. And it was a completely original idea!
Then I figured out somebody else thought of this a long time ago.
But as far as I know, it still hasn’t been hiked in its entirety, so I planned on doing it last fall. That didn’t happen because of timing and planning complications. This year I’ll be starting for sure (barring any major injuries or forceful detention) at the end of September. The plan is to finish my commitment to Americorps in Vermont, head over to northern New Hampshire, and start the Cohos trail from the Canadian border. I’ll head south and make it to Long Island Sound by the beginning of November.
I don’t know if anyone else has tried this yet, and I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t part of the appeal. There’s no wealth of information like there is for the AT, there aren’t town stops with accessible hostels every few days, and there probably won’t be hundreds of other people starting to hike with the same goal. A challenge? Hell yes.
I’ll start posting info on my preparations for the trip over the next few months.