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Mt. Chocorua via Champney Falls Trail
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Mt. Chocorua via Champney Falls Trail

 
Mt. Chocorua via Champney Falls Trail

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: New Hampshire, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.95419°N / 71.27356°W

Object Title: Mt. Chocorua via Champney Falls Trail

Date Climbed/Hiked: Dec 18, 2008

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Winter

 

Page By: dpryan999

Created/Edited: Dec 22, 2008 / Mar 29, 2009

Object ID: 473880

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Trip Report

Route Details
4.1 miles to summit via Champney Falls Trail including the Champney Falls Loop.
Elevation gain of 2500 feet / 762 meters.
Trailhead is located at the Champney Falls parking lot off the Kancamangus Highway/Rt. 112 (10 miles from the junction with Rt. 16).

Conditions:
High-20F
10-20mph winds on summit
Icy trail covered in 6-12" light powder below treeline, ice and exposed rock above.

Equipment
We used ice axes, crampons and double boots.
Snow shoes and trekking poles would have worked, too,

Trip
Leaving the parking lot, we crossed the icy Twin Brook footbridge and continued up the very easy Champney Falls trail. After about one mile we put on our crampons to gain better traction on the ice-covered trail.

At 1.4 miles we followed the Champney Falls cut-off down to the beautiful Champney Falls. Although quite a lot of ice had formed, the water was still flowing cold over the rocks.

Leaving the falls we continued up the loop trail where it re-joined the Champney Falls trail. Within a mile the trail began to switch back and forth up to the ridge connecting Middle Sister to the north and Chocorua to the south.

Further along the ridge the Champney Falls Trail joins the Piper Trail and ascends towards the summit. Above treeline it was difficult to follow the trail as there were no visible cairns. We climbed up and over the top of the first set of ledges and across the saddle to the base of the true summit.

After some routefinding, we located the trail on the west (right) side of the summit wedged between the treeline and the first granite blocks. We followed this trail slightly downhill until reaching a granite slab leading directly to the summit.

The summit offered beautiful, 360 degree views of the Presidentials to the north and the Lakes Region to the south. The wind was a steady 10-20mph and the temps were in the 20's (F). After a few photos on the top we scrambled down the ledges back into the trees, enjoyed a quick lunch and then descended the same route to the trailhead.

Overall Chocorua proved to be a moderate hike with spectacular views.

Red Tape
$3/day pass for accessing the park, self-paid at the trailhead parking lot.

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TLPspelling

TLP

Voted 10/10

You might want to edit this. Mt. Chocorua is the correct spelling. You can then attach the trip report to the Mt. Chocorua page.
Posted Mar 27, 2009 8:24 am

dpryan999Re: spelling

dpryan999

Hasn't voted

Done and done! Thanks for the feedback.
Posted Mar 29, 2009 10:43 pm

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