Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua

MODERATE 136 reviews

Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Conway, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2224 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

snow

Long cascading waterfall with many small pools - best in spring and early summer. Easy trail ascend through hardwoods and along brook. You will have some small steep sections but overall this trail is easy - an excellent hike with kids and dogs. The waterfall is very beautiful but is best seen in the spring and early summer when the water is running best. It tends to dry up in the late summer and fall. This might be a good winter hike.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great trail. It has it all, great waterfalls, scrambles ad 360 degree views at the top of Middle Sister.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was hard packed snow all the way to the summit, but it turned the rocky trail into a sidewalk so that was welcomed. In snowy/winter conditions, microspikes are needed to scramble on the ice-wrapped summit rocks. Slope is kind and gradual, aside from some large steps at the summit. Great one!

6 months ago

I felt like it was a little more than moderate but I made it to the top! Overall I did 9 miles and the view at the top is 100% worth the pain.

hiking
6 months ago

Apple Watch 8.5 in and out. Very dry and unseasonably warm October day, slightly hazy. An absolute favorite hike, reasonable steepness on ascent, some wet places. Use careful footing on descent. Trail on top not well marked, move carefully on ledges. Astounding views. Can’t wait to go back.

7 months ago

This trail is a steady hike at a great pace and the views are stunning! Love this trail, did it with my dad no problem.

7 months ago

gradual grade, lots of rocks and roots for sure footing. Bangin waterfall section midway, perfect spot for a picnic.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, definitely challenging. There's the waterfall on the way up, but very little else in terms of views. The view from the top is gorgeous and worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a relaxing-moderate hiking shaded trail - good for when you need some quiet time and awesome views. It's got moderate traffic, and you have to be a little careful climbing up a few big rocks to get to the top. The trail markings are high up on tree trunks, in case you get lost. At some point the trail splits into two - one side passes by the waterfall and the other doesn't - so don't freak out if you find yourself not seeing the waterfalls on your way back :)

7 months ago

great hike

7 months ago

Some day we'll make it to the top

8 months ago

Super trail. Waterfalls were beautiful even though hardly any water and peak was glorious. Very good hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Loved the hike. Great staircases. Good waterfalls. And an incredible view from the top.

8 months ago

9 months ago

This hike has excellent views and is perfect for little ones too! I started my hike at around 6 AM and made it to the summit at around 8:45 with breaks in between. The first 1.7 miles is fairly easy and with little altitude gain, but once you reach the sign pointing to the Mt. Chocorua trail is stays at a steady 45 degree incline for at least a mile and a half. There are some long rocky patches so make sure you have the proper footwear. I would rate this trail as moderate but go at an even pace and bring plenty of water! The summit also features blueberries during late July and early August!

hiking
9 months ago

I did this one with a friend back in March, there was still plenty of hardpack snow and ice so spikes were a must. I'm not in the greatest shape so I'd definitely call it strenuous if you also meet that description. Temps at the trailhead were around 0F, wind chills at the summit were in the -30F range. It was very worth it, though! There was still a lot of hard ice on the summit, plus the wind had to be hitting 40mph. I made the mistake of wearing Sorels, which are great for keeping my feet warm but aren't the best boots for boulder scrambling, so I stopped about 100 vertical feet from the summit because I couldn't keep my footing. It's a long way down!

It took us about 5 hours in all, and we saw maybe 6-8 people on the trail. I'm definitely doing it again, as well as Piper Trail that doesn't seem to be on Alltrails.

hiking
9 months ago

Great day hike! Did this trail for the first time, and the first time in many years up Chocorua. Definitely a longer trek then other trails I've gone on before. Even still the views were fantastic once you break through the tree line. Would definitely do it again!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful view

10 months ago

Moderate hike but steep at end. Great to stop at falls. Very buggy and rocks on trail before tree line were wet and slippery. Would do it again.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was one of my favorites in Mew Hampshire. The waterfalls about a mile and a half up were gorgeous and there's a giant flat rock that you can sit/lay on and enjoy the view. We went right after 4 days of rain so the trail was a bit wet and muddy but the waterfall was roaring. The top was an awesome view! The last part was kind of more like rock climbing to get to the summit but worth it for the view. Definitely would do it again!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail for a shorter day hike! Trail is well marked and offers amazing views at the summit on a clear day. I would rate this more as a lower grade of "strenuous" if you're not accustomed to longer uphill hikes; if you are, then moderate is appropriate. Trail gets to be a lot of fun before the summit - you'll be climbing over and around some rocks.

Bring water, snacks, and bugspray - as the flies and mosquitos were definitely out.

hiking
11 months ago

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11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

An amazing hike, but I only wish the markings were a bit more clear! View was so worth it though!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

First hike ever without a hiking buddy with much trail knowledge. Got off the trail once or twice, but were found to get back fairly easy. Some snow still, but not too much where any extra gear was needed other than sneakers. No bugs. perfect weather and clear skies.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous day at the top today! First ~2 miles from the Kanc was a mix of snow and dirt, and boots were fine. The rest of the climb to the tree line we used micro spikes- lots of slushy snow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Equipment/trail conditions
Trail head is plowed but the parking lot is a big sheet of ice.

Most people were doing the hike in micro spikes or yak tracks, but crampons are recommended for the summit because of a large amount of ice. Couple people just used snow shoes as well, dogs even made it to the summit.

Anecdotal:
Probably my favorite hike, you have the stream/falls which are beautiful in the winter; we met some people ice climbing the falls while we hiked.

The hike is manageable, and the view is the best in the north east at the summit offering a 360 degree view. That and the accessibility make this one of the most popular hikes, so I recommend showing up to the trail head around 8am or earlier unless you want to share the peak with a ton of other people.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Great hike, trail was well packed and manageable with microspikes. Summit was icy and could have used the trail crampons, however I was lazy and didn't want to change out the traction. Stiff breeze (expected) and cooler (also expected) once above the trees. Trail was tough to follow on the exposed ledge at the top.

hiking
Friday, December 23, 2016

Again, amazing views! Awesome hike! Icy!!!!!

hiking
Monday, December 05, 2016

What a great trail. Plenty of parking at the Trailhead, well marked, well maintained trail. Conditions were great on 12/4, light snow and ice, no issues at all with microspikes. Amazing views on the exposed summit, can be hard to find blazes above treeline this time of year with light snow cover, but it was easy enough to find our way.
Fairly strong winds and much cooler (as you would expect) above treeline. Took about 3:40 with 20 min at summit.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This trail to the summit is 3.8 one way to total 7.6 miles. I am a slow hiker and this took me about 5 hours including a half hour at the summit. Was expecting it to be easier but it was a pretty steady incline after the first mile. Would probably have been faster/easier without the wet slippery leaves covering he trail! Beautiful summit, worth the effort. NOT well marked trail at all. Went off the trail several times. Virtually no blazes on the summit. The falls were basically dry.

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