Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua

MODERATE 157 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
2,224 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

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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.

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2 days ago

Excellently maintained trail. Lots of hikers and dogs on a beautiful Monday. A summer camp-ful of teenagers at the top made for a crowded summit, but still plenty of room for all! Gorgeous views at the summit! A little bit of a scavenger hunt finding the blazes once you hit the ledgy boulder section at the top, but not really a problem because you can probably pick your way up several different ways. Did the Champney Falls loop on the way down. They were very pretty and gave my dog a spot to swim.

3 days ago

Very challenging but well worth it!! Bring lots of water and lunch. Took about 6 hrs. Beautiful trail and summit!!

16 days ago

Nice hike today- challenging for me because I am not cardio conditioned.... it is getting buggy with the recent rain and hot weather. Mosquitoes are growing in muddy areas and water pools. I used a lot of bug spray and kept moving. Had a hard time finding a few trail markers near the summit and they were incredibly obvious on the way down. Also appreciated the trail structures on the way down with stone placement, steps and run off drainage.

Did the falls loop on the way back and that was beautiful. Glad I saved it for the way down because it was a nice treat. The trail is steep (roots) by the falls and then steps.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely best view in the Whites! The trail is an easy 1.7 miles to the Champney Falls junction. From there it is a steady but moderate climb an additional 2 miles to the summit of Mt. Chocorua. As you approach the summit cone you will traverse the open rugged North shoulder. This area is worthy of some exploration. From here up I cannot comment about the trail as I scaled up the west slopes of the cone. Quite a view down the vertical face of the wall. This is truly a spectacular hike!

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20 days ago

Great Hike! We had two 10 year olds with us. A 5 hour round trip which included the loop to Champney Falls. Definitely recommend going by the falls on the way down. The upper part of the climb is the place to watch the kids and make sure they follow the yellow trail marks. Spectacular views and now a family favorite. A solid hike.

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28 days ago

A lovely, gradual climb to amazing ledges with unparalleled views. Crowded on a Monday in June, more than 10 other groups on the summit. No part of the trail was tough. A top trail in my book.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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!

8 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
8 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.

9 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 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 :)

9 months ago

great hike

9 months ago

Some day we'll make it to the top

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

11 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
11 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
11 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
11 months ago

Beautiful view

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

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