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Chocorua via Champney Falls

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Distance: 9.1 miles


Fall Hike to Summit of Chocorua via Champney Falls.

Left the Champney Falls lot at about noon on a Friday. The weather was good mid 50's, partly to mostly sunny. The lot was about 2/3 full. 

Proceeded to the Champney Falls loop, water was low and the falls where nice but not dramatic The side trail has steep stone steps, you won't encounter anything steeper until the summit. To the falls the trail is gradual with few rocks. After the falls the rockiness of the trail increases steadily. 

Trail to the summit is not too steep, though rocky. Trail ascends to the saddle between Chocorua and a neighboring peak where it meets piper trail.

At the summit watch carefully for the yellow blazes. Following them certainly  makes a difference. I didn't follow the zig-zag of the blazes and did some unneeded scrambling. Also found that you can loop around to  the true summit from either side.

Summit provided great views to the lakes of the south and you could see the snowy summit of Mt. Washington to the north.

It was a great day. Weather cleared up and slight breeze. I steadily encountered other hikers even on this week day but  Chocorua is popular and for good reason.

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