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Mt. Chocorua - Champney Falls Route

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Length


7.2 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


2,162' 659 m

Ascent

-2,163' -659 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

3,442' 1,049 m

High

1,295' 395 m

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Waterfalls, stellar views, and an epic backcountry experience.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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:
Camping only allowed at Camp Penacook and Jim Liberty Cabin.

Overview

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!

Description

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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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
Oct 11, 2017
Jasmin Goehrig
Oct 10, 2017
Jasmin Goehrig
Oct 4, 2017
Danny Landry
Great hike/beautiful day. Wife & I took wrong turn onto Piper Trail adding 1.6 climb/descent. While on top,2 fire planes flew thru canyon.Fire local. 8.8mi
Sep 20, 2017
Matt Johnson
7.2mi
Sep 12, 2017
Bill Norton

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