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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Chocorua
Albany, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Piper Trail
Looking up Piper Trail

Route: Piper Trail, (Mt. Chocorua), Liberty Trail, West Side Trail, Piper Trail

With some nice weather, I headed over to the Piper Trail for a hike up Chocorua. The trail was fairly smooth sailing, though wind slowed me down as I reached treeline.

The skies were not as clear as forecasted, but nonetheless the views were quite strong in most directions. After taking in the views a bit, I headed down to check out the West Side Trail for the first time. The footing on that trail was fairly good and it passed a few ledge slide viewpoints. Nonetheless, the extra distance and vertical, as well as lack of treeline views (as opposed to returning via the top of the Piper Trail), probably will result in me seldom going there again.

The descent on the Piper Trail was fairly smooth, though I found one or two of the ledge slabs a bit slippery. Nonetheless, a nice local hike.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Chocorua
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 26, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:16 PM
Parking Elevation: 780'
Destination: Mt. Chocorua
Ascent Commenced: 3:16 PM
Summit Reached: 5:04 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:48
Trailhead Elevation: 780'
Summit Elevation: 3,474'
Distance: 4.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,824'
Hike Ended: 7:07 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,994'

The Piper Trail trailhead
The Piper Trail trailhead

Looking up Piper Trail
Looking up Piper Trail

Looking over Mt. Paugus at Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway from Mt. Chocorua - Click to enlarge
Looking over Mt. Paugus at Mt. Whiteface and Mt. Passaconaway from Mt. Chocorua

The West Side Trail
The West Side Trail

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Tamworth. The Piper Trail WMNF sign is on the left, immediately after a general store. The WMNF fee parking area is about a minute or off Route 16. The Piper Trail trailhead is at the back corner of the parking lot.

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