Hiking Trails on and near Mt Chocorua
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. In addition to Mt Chocorua, some of the trails also traverse the Three Sisters (First Sister 3,354′, Middle Sister 3,340′, Third Sister 3,320′). The Champney Falls Trail, Piper Trail, and Liberty Trail are the most 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.
Please consult a good trail map before you hike Mt. Chocorua.
Caution: The extensive areas of open ledge that make Mt Chocorua so attractive can also be dangerous. Many of the trails have ledgy sections can also 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
- Bolles 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
Recommended Trail Maps & Guidebooks
Please consult a good hiking guide and trail map before you hike Mt. Chocorua:
- Chocorua Mountain Club (CMC) trail map (for sale in local stores in Chocorua and Tamworth)
- Wonalancet Out Doors Club (WODC) trail map
- AMC White Mountain Guide
- AMC White Mountain National Forest Map Set
- Exploring New Hampshire Map (Wilderness Map Company)
Chocorua Mountain Club
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.