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KathyC
04-07-2014, 09:06 AM
Hi Everyone:
I have been reading up on various trails that would take you up to the summit of Chocorua, my sister and I are looking to hike it at the End of May. So far the Litberty Trail looks like it would be our best option, the others look like they would be a bit more then we could handle. Has anyone taken this trial up before and what did you think of it?

Thanks... :)

Trailsend
04-11-2014, 09:42 AM
Kathy I hiked Chocorua last summer via the Piper Trail which is 4.5 one way, so yes in my opinion the Liberty is probably your best option.

KathyC
04-12-2014, 05:45 AM
Thank you Armondo, I hope that you are feeling better....

KD Talbot
04-20-2014, 07:31 PM
Yes, Kathy, I would recommend Liberty. It is probably the easiest, most direct route, with just a short scramble near the summit. The Rhodora and many wildflowers should be in bloom!

KDT

KathyC
04-21-2014, 08:46 PM
Thank you Kevin, I've been through a lot the last couple of months and not sure if I'll be up to hiking next month, but this is something that I really want to do, so I'm planning for it. I would have liked to take the Champney Falls Trail, but from what I've read on different sites, this looks best.

What is a good and up to date site for hiking trails up that way?
:)

KD Talbot
04-21-2014, 09:03 PM
http://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/nh/

KDT

KathyC
04-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Thank you again Kevin.
One more question though, I know that you have probably done all of the trails up Chocorua, how different are the Liberty and the Champney?

Snow Miser
04-22-2014, 06:34 PM
Kathy, The month of May begins the black fly season. They are little buggers too!!! Don't forget the bug spray. Maybe some folks on here can recommend which one would be best?

KathyC
04-22-2014, 08:59 PM
Ugh, black flies, I know those pesky little buggers well...

KD Talbot
04-23-2014, 10:21 AM
It's been many, many years since we went up Champney. It was probably our first "real" mountain hike as I recall. We hiked out of Jigger Johnson, so had a good road walk to and from, making it about 12 miles, so it was a tough day for us. I don't recall the trail itself being all that difficult, but Judy's knees were angry! We hiked up the Brook Trail last fall. There was one section of scrambling that was quite sketchy and I wouldn't want to do it wet or on ice. On that trip we came down Liberty and thought it was the easiest of all, and I think we have hiked all the trails except Middle Sister and Beeline. Toughest part about Liberty is finding the trailhead. :) As for blackflies you can expect plenty, but also rhodora and wildflowers. Remember that a good breeze above treeline will be a blessing and they may not be as bothersome. We have used Ben's 100% Deet, -meh, Deep woods Off, the packets are convenient for reapplying after you sweat it off, -meh. Fly mesh over your head is cheap and easy, but hot and bothersome-meh… To me, there are no good choices… I just eat as many as I can and the others are afraid of me…

KDT

KathyC
04-24-2014, 07:11 PM
Thank you again Kevin, I really do appreciate you taking the time to respond to my questions.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at STP again this year. :)