The Tuesday Trip Report: Mt. Chocorua. May 24, 2012
The forecast called for morning fog and a 20% chance of showers, but the girls wished to hike regardless. Sage wanted to get her "hands on some rock," and Alex wanted to check out a mountain we'd never experienced before. We decided on Mt. Chocorua, a popular 52WAV peak that everybody but us seemed to have climbed.
We chose Piper Trail for the ascent, since someone had recommended it for the Terrifying 25 list.
The ledges were wet and the fog was dense on the upper part of the trail, but we didn't have any difficulties. I'm not sure why Piper Trail was suggested for the Terrifying 25 list...yes, there are ledges, but this is the Granite State and ledges abound. When we returned home from the hike, I removed Piper Trail from the T25 list. There's nothing frightening or difficult about this one. It is, however, an enjoyable trail, and one we highly recommend.
Up we went...
We hung about on the summit for a while in spite of the damp air and stiff breeze. Though our only view was Cloud, we enjoyed this rocky peak. We stayed until we started to feel chilled, then we began our descent. We went down via Liberty, Hammond, and Weetamoo Trails.
We had to descend this ledge. There's a log and some scrub near the bottom, so one can't fall off the mountain. I slid down most of this...not quite intentionally...
Foggy Liberty Cabin.
We had a fun day; I can see why this is such a popular peak. It's probably even better on a dry, clear day. :)