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Mt. Chocorua

A popular 10 mile rocky traverse over a series of mountains in the Whites with terrific views.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 10 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  This is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mt. Chocorua looks like the summit of a ... more »

Tips:  Trailhead:

Take Route 16 north from the town of Chocorua until you see a White Mountain Forest hiking sign next to a convenience... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Piper Trailhead

Here you will park your car.

2. Trail Junction

Head to your right to continue up the Piper Trail. You will travel uphill pretty steeply now and soon will take the Ledge Trail to your right at POI #3.

3. Ledge Trail Connector

Veer off the Piper Trail you started off on to the right onto the Ledge Trail which is steep but has really great views making it worth it.

4. Carter Ledge Trail Junction

Here you will join the Carter Ledge Trail up to the Third Sister and the junction with the Middle Sister Trail over the ridge.

5. Middle Sister Trail Junction

Here you will join up with the Middle Sister Trail that will take you over Third, Middle and First Sister Peaks on the way to Chocorua.

6. Third Sister

At ~3,240 feet you are at the top of Third Sister.

7. Middle Sister Summit

At 3,354 you are the summit of Middle Sister. You will find the stone base remains of an old fire tower here. You will also have spectacular views towards your destination, Mt. Chocorua.

8. Mt. Chocorua Summit

You are now at the summit of this 3,475 foot peak in the southern White Mountains of New Hampshire. You will have a 360 degree view. To your north is the bulk of the 4,000 foot peaks and to the west are the Tripyramids. Take lots of photos then head south on the Hammond trail to complete your loop down. There is a trail called the West Side... More

9. Liberty Trail Junction

Here you will see a trail descending down to the south to your right. Ignore this and continue on down the ridge on the Hammond Trail. Before you go though, take the time to check out the very cool Jim Liberty Cabin. I've included some photos of the trail down from the summit on the Hammond Trail here as well.

10. Weetamoo Trail Junction

Here you will take a left onto the Weetamoo Trail down the north side of the ridge to complete your loop hike back to your vehicle.