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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.
The lower Champney Brook Trail
The lower Champney Brook Trail

Route: Champney Brook Trail, Piper Trail, (Mt. Chocorua), Piper Trail, Champney Brook Trail

Champney Brook Trail was packed well for snowshoeing. A majority were booting it down low, however there were some blue ice bulges higher up that I think were easier crossed with snowshoe traction (ie having points spanning 2 feet long rather than points spanning 10" long on Microspikes). Snowpack ranged from 1 to 2 feet, but was generally about 1.5 feet.

No sign of recent use on Champney Cutoff, Middle Sister Trail, Piper Trail, or West Side Trail.

Piper Trail above treeline was generally bare rock or snowdrifts. There was the occasional patch of blue ice, however it was easily avoided. I left my snowshoes at treeline and barebooted to the summit, never taking my Microspikes or crampons out. This area can be much more challenging than any standard winter 4K route due to ice (I've had a higher success rate in winter Presidential ascents than winter Chocorua attempts), so having only drifted snow and bare ledge was a pleasant surprise.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: January 1, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,260'
Destination: Mt. Chocorua
Time Elapsed: 02:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,260'
Summit Elevation: 3,474'
Distance: 3.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,314'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:49
Hike Distance: 7.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,414'

The Champney Brook Trail trailhead
The Champney Brook Trail trailhead

The looking at Mt. Chocorua from the upper Piper Trail
The looking at Mt. Chocorua from the upper Piper Trail

Looking the Three Sisters (left) from Mt. Chocorua - Click to enlarge
Looking the Three Sisters (left) from Mt. Chocorua

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West past the visitor center on the right. The Champney Falls Trail pay parking lot and trailhead are around the next curve on the left.

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