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blueBlack Mt. Chocorua - Champney Falls Route

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7.2 mile 11.5 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 2,162' 659 m
Descent: -2,163' -659 m
High: 3,442' 1,049 m
Low: 1,295' 395 m


Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)


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Waterfalls, stellar views, and an epic backcountry experience.

Tom Robson

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Recreation Passes:
The White Mountain National Forest requires a recreation fee at most trailheads and developed recreation areas. There are self-serve pay stations at these locations, while longer term passes may be obtained at Ranger Stations and local vendors.

Money raised by the recreation pass fee is used to maintain and enhance recreation opportunities across the White Mountain National Forest.

Camping only allowed at Camp Penacook and Jim Liberty Cabin.


By far the most popular route to the top of Mt. Chocorua, this is also its most scenic. Named for pioneer artist, Benjamin Champney, be sure to stop and enjoy both Champney and Pitcher falls both up and down.

This route does get quite crowded, so try to leave early in the AM!


The Champney Falls Trail begins by the information board in the parking area. After crossing the footbridge over Twin Brook, the trail turns sharply to the right. Follow the gradual grade of an old logging road to Champney Brook. At 1.4 miles, a loop trail will branch off on the left to scenic Champney and Pitcher Falls. In .3 miles the loop will reconnect with the Champney Falls Trail, which becomes steeper.

The first set of switchbacks is reached at 2.4 miles. At 3.0 miles the Middle Sister cutoff leads to the Middle Sister Trail. The Champney Falls Trail will reach a saddle and pass the Middle Sister Trail on the left. Soon the Champney Falls Trail ends at the junction of the Piper Trail, which will lead you to the summit in .6 mile.

History & Background

The Champney Falls Trail is named for Benjamin Champney, pioneer White Mountain Artist (1817-1907). The Falls, though fantastic to view in the spring of the year, are meager in the dry seasons.


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Jun 8, 2019
Bethany Hudson
7.2mi — 5h 40m
Jun 1, 2019
Ben Rubin
hiked with Junior. muddy but good. 7.2mi — 5h 01m
May 30, 2019
Courtney E
Charlie's first hike! Not quite what he expected, but was a trooper. Quite the climb with a bit of a scramble right before the summit, beautiful views
May 25, 2019
May 19, 2019
Patrick Rudolph
Apr 15, 2018
Raj Mahajan
Apr 15, 2018
Rob Ranney
Trail was hard packed snow all the way up, which felt like a sidewalk for the most part. Summit was completely iced over, rocks wrapped in ice, so… 7.2mi
Oct 15, 2017
Trey Sinyard

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