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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Brook Trail
Route: Brook Trail, (Mt. Chocorua summit), Liberty Trail
Since the upcoming week looked wet and rainy in the weather forecast, I decided to do something somewhat significant after work on Monday.
Arriving at a nearly empty Paugus Mill parking area, I quickly DEETed up and headed on my way, the mosquitos a bit pesky but not too bad. The first portion of the Brook Trail is a flat series of roads.
After following the roads for a bit, the trail starts to follow a brook for awhile (still nothing steep).
Once past the brook area, the trail ascends up a series of ledges, including some open steep portions and some scrambles. Soon thereafter, it meets up with the Liberty Trail and then the Piper Trail, arriving at the summit. I found the trail somewhat hard to follow in the ledges prior to the Liberty junction, as the blazes have faded.
Once again, I had the summit to myself. While I wished the the cloud cover wasn't as heavy as it was, the temperature was pleasant, the breeze just right, and the bugs non existent. With those conditions, I spent awhile on the summit, looking at the views and scrambling down the east face to look at some plaques.
I decided to take the Liberty Trail down. The upper part was nice, as a variety of flowers added some color in the area near the Liberty cabin. As I descended, the mosquitos became heavier and heavier. Finally, I ran out of patience (I literally couldn't move my arm without hitting a bunch of them), and start jogging. While the faster pace helped to reduce the bite attempts, they were still everywhere. Everything was fine and dandy until I felt my knee a bit. Remembering what I went through last year, I slowed to a walk right away. Nonetheless, the discomfort is back - looks like another bout with tendinitis.
The mosquitos were absolutely amazing - as I quickly jumped into my truck, I could hear them swarming outside - it literally sounded like a bunch of bees swarming.
Getting To Trailhead:
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Book Trail trailhead at the Paugus Mill Road parking lot
A wildflower getting ready to bloom on the Liberty Trail
Looking out toward Mt. Carrigain from the Mount Chocorua summit
Directions to trailhead: From Route 25, take Route 113 East to Tamworth. At the four way intersection next to the village, go straight onto 113A. Continue a few minutes, taking a right onto Fowler's Mill Road. A few minutes later, take a left onto Paugus Road. The WMNF fee parking area is at the end of this road.
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