Mount Chocorua (3,490 feet elevation) is the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range and at the southern end of the White Mountains. From its bare peak, hikers have excellent views of the surrounding lakes, mountains, and forests. Adjacent to Mt Chocorua are the the Three Sisters (First Sister 3,354′, Middle Sister 3,340′, Third Sister 3,320′).
Mt Chocorua is part of the 6,100-acre “Mount Chocorua Scenic Area”, which was created in 1986 as part of the White Mountain Forest Plan. The Appalachian Mountain Club reports that Mount Chocorua is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Mt Chocorua has a vast history with many more tribal names, legends, and lore. Writings such as “Passaconaway in the White Mountains” by Charles Edward Beals, Jr., “Albany’s Recollections” by A. Bernard Perry, and “Mount Chocorua, A Guide and History” by Steven D. Smith will sweep you into the past.
Mt Chocorua bears the name of Sokosis Chief Chocorua who lived in the early 1700s. For more about Chief Chocorua and how the mountain came to bear his name, visit the Legend of Chief Chocorua page.
Mt Chocorua is one of New Hampshire’s most frequently hiked, well known, and easily recognizable mountains. It has a substantial network of trails; several trails are very heavily used, but it is usually possible to avoid crowds (until you reach the summit) by taking less popular trails.
Although Chocorua is relatively low (3,490′) compared to other major White Mountain peaks, its trailheads are also located at low elevations, resulting in a substantial amount of elevation gain that makes Mt Chocorua as strenuous a hiking trip as many much higher peaks. Any of the round trip options to the summit are over seven miles in total length and a will take six hours or more. These hikes are recommended for moderate to strong hikers only.
The extensive areas of open ledge that make Mt Chocorua so attractive can also be dangerous. Many of the trails have ledgy sections can dangerous when wet or icy, and the summit and upper ledges are severely exposed to lightning during electrical storms.
For detailed information on hiking trails on and around Mt Chocorua, click on one of the below links:
- Bee Line Trail
- Brook Trail
- Carter Ledge Trail
- Champney Falls Trail
- Hammond Trail
- Liberty Trail
- Middle Sister Trail
- Nickerson Ledge Trail
- Old Paugus Trail
- Piper Trail
- Weetamoo Trail
Please consult a trail map before you hike Mt. Chocorua. If you don’t have a trail map, visit our Trail Maps & Resources page.
The Chocorua Mountain Club (CMC) is responsible for clearing and maintaining seven trails on Mt Chocorua and Mt Paugus: Brook Trail; Hammond Trail; Bee Line Trail; Weetamoo Trail; Old Paugus Trail; and Whitin Brook Trail. CMC members also help maintain trails on Conservancy-owned and Conservancy-managed conservation lands, including the following trails: Bickford Heights; Old Mail Road; Heron Pond Loop (Lonely Lake); Middle Trail; Watkins Way; Hunters Trail; and Highland Trail.
To support our efforts to preserve the Chocorua Lake Basin and provide public access to visitors to the lake and nearby conservation lands, please click HERE.