Chocorua Mountain Club 2019-05-30T14:59:14-04:00

Chocorua Mountain Club

On July 17, 1908, Hutchie Page called the first meeting of the Chocorua Mountain Club (CMC), a sister organization to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy.

The CMC’s mission statement, written that same year, said:


“The objects of the Club are to explore and to make paths and camps in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the convenience of visitors; furthermore, to acquire by purchase or gifts such tracts of land, with or with or without buildings, for the purpose of improving and preserving the natural resources of the White Mountains.”

cmcleadershipOver the years, little or no land was bought, only a few camps built, but many hours have been spent on trail maintenance and, increasingly, erosion control.

In 1923, the CMC had 418 members and dues were 50 cents a year for active members.  There are currently no annual dues for joining the CMC.

Trail Maintenance:  The CMC is responsible for clearing and maintaining seven trails on Mount Chocorua and Mt Paugus, including:  Brook Trail; Hammond Trail; Bee Line Trail; Weetamoo TrailOld Paugus Trail; and Whitten 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.

Mt Chocorua trail map published by the Chocorua Mountain Club

Map of Mt Chocorua hiking trails published by the Chocorua Mountain Club

Trail Map:  The CMC publishes a detailed Tyvek map of all trails in the Mount Chocorua region.  This trail map is available for purchase at The Other Store and other stores in Chocorua and Tamworth.

The CMC organizes an annual spring Trail Clearing Day the second Saturday in May, between the end of mud season and the beginning of black flies, followed by a splendid potluck dinner for all participants and annual meeting.

Want to help?  Anyone interested in participating in the annual spring Trail Clearing Day, or helping with trail maintenance on other occasions, should contact Ken Smith, CMC President, at

CMC basecamp, near the shore of Lake Chocoura by Howard Mathews,

CMC basecamp, near the shore of Lake Chocorua (photo courtesy of Howard Mathews)

Two-man saw team clearing the way on the Old Paugus Trail

Ken Smith and Steve Weld clearing the way on the Old Paugus Trail

July 2010

Tim Twitchell (2010)