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Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail

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  • Liberty Trailhead is tucked back on a dirt road.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • The trail starts out with an easy grade.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Trilium along the way.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • A rocky section of trail. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Approaching a junction where Liberty bears left.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Chocorua towering over the cabin. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • A peek inside the Jim Liberty Cabin.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • A flower blooming near the cabin.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • The trail opens up and provides some views well before the top.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Junction with the Brook Trail higher up. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Awesome views can be had all along the upper section.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Looking up toward Chocorua's summit. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • The final stretch of rocks.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • The view from the summit of Chocorua. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • A rocky ridge below the summit. - Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Several lakes can be seen from the top.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
  • Hikers standing on the summit.- Mount Chocorua via Liberty Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Awesome views.
Cons: 
Popular. Can be crowded. Some sections are difficult for dogs.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,502.00 ft (762.61 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.80 mi (12.55 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mount Chocorua’s open granite summit rises over Chocorua Lake, creating a picturesque reflection not far from the Liberty Trailhead. Today’s Liberty Trail was previously the Chocorua Mountain Road, which led to a logging camp that later became the Peak House hotel in 1892. People were willing to pay large sums of money to visit because of the impressive view of Mount Chocorua; in 1915, however, the hotel was destroyed by wind. The hotel was replaced by a cabin in 1924, which was also later damaged by wind.  

Built in 1934, the Jim Liberty Cabin seen today was named after the man who owned the logging camp there in the late 1800s. It now offers nine bunks for hikers to camp in just below the summit. There’s an outhouse nearby, and also a water source, though the water may dry up at times.   

While the Liberty Trail is one of the easier trails to the summit, it is still a strenuous hike. Higher on the mountain, there are sections of open rock and places where you may want to use your hands. Ice or rain can make the open rocks even more difficult. This hike can be done as an out-and-back trip, or you can add the Brook Trail to make it a loop. Either way, you’re in for a spectacular view of the surrounding White Mountains and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. 

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