Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mt. Chocorua - early Spring Hiking

Mt. Chocorua
Elevation: 3,474ft
Trails: Liberty  Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,714ft
Distance: 7.8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 6 hrs

Difficulty:  Strenuous

Two words to describe this peak...."beautiful summit!" But then again I'm partial to slabby cliffs and ledges. On this hike, the pace along the Liberty Trail to the Jim Liberty cabin was a bit too fast for me and I welcomed the rest and snacks at the cabin. But I got my second wind climbing the remaining mile to the summit. There were a couple of ledges to walk across and slabs to scramble on up to the summit. Once on the summit, the wind picked up just a bit but the 360 view was spectacular! I had been reading others' Mt. Chocorua hike reviews and the exposed summit can get very windy. But on today's hike it wasn't so bad. The sun more than made up for that little bit of wind. I would love to hike this mountain in the late fall!

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