Mount Chocorua

Conway, New Hampshire 3818

Mount Chocorua

Mount Chocorua Professional Guide

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"This is an iconic bald peak with an extensive walk above tree line and ever-expanding views as you climb. Mount Chocorua is a landmark peak just west of Conway. You can approach the mountain from every direction, and each approach is worthy in its own way. The trail described here, via the Champney Falls Trail, ascends from the north. It’s a lovely wooded walk at first, which passes an impressive waterfall for which the trail is named. It also allows extended climbing above tree line, with ever-expanding views.

From the trailhead, the trail crosses Twin Brook on a bridge, then immediately comes to an intersection on the right with the Bolles Trail. Go straight, heading south. The walking is easy at first, a nice warm-up. The trail climbs gently, parallel to Champney Brook, then rises above it. At 0.7 mile, it passes through an airy hemlock grove over a mosaic of exposed roots to either side."

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Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
David Goodman
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"Champney Falls Trail climbs to the rocky summit dome of this peak, which dominates views of the White Mountains from the southeast. The trail passes the beautiful Champney Falls and follows an old logging road. Spectacular high-mountain views are a highlight of this tour. The best skiing is the tour to Champney Falls."
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)
Lisa Densmore
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"Although it is not a 4000-footer,Mount Chocorua is one of the most popular “big mountain” hikes in the White Mountains due to its vicinity to North Conway and the fact that its summit is a spectacular pinnacle of open granite. Expect to meet lots of other hikers and dogs, particularly on the Champney Falls Trail, described here, which is the most dog-friendly way to reach the peak. Be forewarned, the granite on the upper mountain has a reputation for tearing paw pads, so avoid this climb completely until your dog's pads are conditioned to strenuous hiking. Even if your dog is a seasoned mountain climber, it is a good idea to carry a doggie first-aid kit and a set of dog booties on this outing."
100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"One of the most popular and frequently photographed peaks in the White Mountains, Mount Chocorua offers many options to ascend its rocky summit. While you cannot go wrong regardless of your choice, this trek from the north provides the most moderate ascent and offers a number of intriguing diversions, including scenic Champney and Pitcher Falls and the serene, summit of Middle Sister Mountain. Believed to be the final chapter of an all-too-common struggle between European settlers and Native Americans, the mountain may hold the remains of a courageous young Chocorua who plunged to his untimely death hundreds of years ago. Choose this hike today for a more pleasant and enjoyable excursion to this unique pinnacle."

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2,227 feet
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6 hours
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