I climbed Chocorua with two friends during a four-day trip to New Hampshire that included Cardigan, Moosilauke, and Smarts, and I must say this climb was by far my favorite. I had originally wanted to do Washington this day, but because of time constraints, we had to pick a smaller peak. A friend of a friend suggested Chocorua, promising that we wouldn't regret it... and we definitely didn't. It was a fantastic hike - started out as a pretty easy climb following the Champney Brook... It had a good ammount of steep ascent towards the summit, but nothing too intimidating. Once you come out of treeline and see the rock face you are about to climb, the hike gets really exciting. We definitely couldn't have made it without our crampons, however. The trail the whole way was pretty packed down and slick, and the rocks were covered in ice at some parts. Crampons are a must if you are attempting the summit in winter. Climbing the rock slabs to the summit was a blast, albeit a bit scary at some points, since the wind was gusting at about 25-30 mph. We had to hold on at some points so as not to get blow over. The view from the summit is spectacular, and well worth the scramble it took to get there. I highly recommend this hike!