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The ice cube known as Mt. Chocorua
Route: Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail, Champney Falls Trail, Middle Sister Trail, (Middle Sister), Middle Sister Trail, Champney Falls Cutoff, Champney Falls Trail
While my original intent was to hike Mt. Chocorua, plans change.
The Champney Falls Trail trailhead had been slightly relocated, due to the near-trailhead bridge being knocked over by ice flow from the brook. The lower portion of the trail was in decent shape for snowshoeing, however above the first waterfall loop junction it was a bit rough in places.
After turning onto the Piper Trail, I soon cleared treeline on Chocorua. The northern faces of the ledges were caked in slick ice. After getting to without a few hundred yards of the summit, I opted to turn back, as even with crampons, the final stretch seemed to be too dangerous to attempt solo. While I could have tried a different approach via the West Side Trail, I instead settled for the nearby Middle Sister peak.
The trailfinding was a little tricky in places, however I eventually found myself at the summit with decent views. For the descent, the Champney Falls Cutoff was a bit rough due to lots of sideslopes.
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The temporary Champney Falls Trail trailhead of Route 112
Looking at Mt. Chocorua from Middle Sister
The Champney Falls Trail
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West past the visitor center on the right. The Champney Falls Trail USFS fee parking lot will eventually be on the left. Due to a non-Delmont-related bridge incident, the Champney Falls Trail trailhead has been temporarily moved a short walk west on Route 112.
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