(Danielle and Tim and others- Total Distance: 8 miles)
Mt. Chocorua (October
Mt. Chocorua is
one of the most hiked peaks in New England. It is just over 3,500
feet high and has spectacular views from its bare summit. This is the
first mountain many people climb (including both of us) due to its
numerous trails and convenient location to the highway. When some of our
friends want to go on a hike with us we usually bring them here. Tim has
hiked and backpacked this mountain 10 times and Danielle has been up it 3
times. Both of us look forward to the day we hike it again!
Looking towards Mt.
Washington from the summit
certain days of the year, especially summer and early fall weekends, you
can expect to find lots and lots of people lounging around on the summit.
However, if you find yourself up there on one of those rare quiet moments
you will feel like you're flying over the mountains and valley's!
the ridge from the summit of Mt. Chocorua sits the Middle Sisters. These
are two minor peaks about a mile from the main peak and offer a great view
looking back to Chocorua. In addition, most of the day hikers do not make
the extra effort to bag these summits so most of the time you can have the
view all to yourself!
Mt. Chocorua from Middle
(click for larger
falls is about half way up the mountain and is actually a
series of waterfalls. The tallest
falls from the top of a small ravine with steep rock
walls. Above the ledge is another waterfall
and a series of cascades
that flow into a pool
before pitching over the edge.
get to the falls you must follow a side
path from the main trail. However, you can loop back to the
Champney Falls trail by following the steep path up along the
stream. On the way back down the main trail passes a nice view
of the nearby ridge.
we hike up Chocorua we always visit the falls. It's a nice spot to
take a break and cool your face in a mountain stream.