Liberty and Claybrank Brook Loop Trail to Mount Chocorua

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Liberty and Claybrank Brook Loop Trail to Mount Chocorua is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Conway, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2559 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Good solid hike. Reinforcing what others have said : supportive boots make your life nicer, as trails can be wet puddles and slick if it has rained the same week you're hiking it. Bit of a scramble to the summit. Nice views from the top. Would go up brook and down liberty if you're looking to loop it and save your knees. Brook trail going up is poorly marked when you hit the granite boulders!! We hiked with our friend's med size dog and she did well. Only at the rocky summit did she need a little boost here and there.

hiking
3 months ago

These trails are some of the least popular when it comes to hiking Chocorua, probably because you have to drive 5 miles of dirt roads to get to them, vs other trails that are right off 16. They are definitely worth checking out though; not as long or even as rigorous as trails like Piper, plus there are brooks along many parts of both trails which sound lovely (though they make for a wet/muddy hike at times)

hiking
3 months ago

Always a great hike up this mountain, took a couple of noobs- they loved it - perfect day

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, though next time I'd skip the Brook trail altogether unless I'm up for soggy footing and bugs! The upper portion of Brook was pretty neat, though, with large slanted rock faces that would be fun to scramble up. Liberty was easy to follow and a very solid trail all around. My 9 year old son and 40 lb Entlebucher mountain dog both made it to the summit without difficulty.

4 months ago

I only did the liberty trail up and back but a very pleasant hike with a good challenge at the end. Makes the view that much better.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked up liberty and down claybrook. It rained a lot the day before for it was pretty wet and the rocks were slippery. We hiked with our 23 pound terrier mix who's pretty agile. He handled it well and there was only one spot we needed to lift him. Beautiful hike. Barely anyone on the trial.

hiking
5 months ago

good safety cabin below tree line, winds can get rough up there! also good views of mount Washington.

hiking
5 months ago

I thought this was a vey difficult hike. We went up Brook and down Liberty. Once you are above the tree line, they were equally as difficult. Liberty is definitely a more gentle pace compared to Brook. Brook was poorly marked in many spots. Liberty is an obvious path and you don't really need the trail markers for most of it. We did the trail slowly and it was about 6.5-7 hours round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

If you're name is Brian, you may struggle with this one because of it's awesomeness. Great hike, some steep spots, fun loop. Def recommend.

5 months ago

This mountain has amazing views. It was considerably hard.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful view, hard side of moderate hike. Nice half day hike to take, only about 2.5 hours up

6 months ago

Awesome! Great for dogs and kids starting around age 8/9

hiking
6 months ago

Up Liberty and down Brook. Great hike with amazing views up top. Damp due to recent rainfall. Bring bug spray!

hiking
7 months ago

bugs were so bad i was up and down Liberty in 4.25. better off to pick a windy-ish day. views were spectacular nonetheless.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved going up Liberty trail, well visible where trail was. Views on top as always so rewarding. we went down Brook Trail. it was a bit challenging do to steep smooth and very wet rock ledges. Once past them a beautiful trail along the brook with many crossing. Overall fantastic hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked up Liberty and down Brooke. Liberty going up was pretty easy. We had 9 year old and dog with us. All good. Easy to follow because clear path. From cabin to peak was a challenge because of rock face and the dog. Gorgeous views even before summit so wouldn't have been bad to turn around and not summit but...bagged it. Opted to come down Brooke. Initially it was close to treacherous, minimal blazes and lots of rock faces. Since it rained day prior this made for slick travels. But then Brooke becomes great! In the end, I would go up Brooke (knowing towards top it might be tricky to find way and if there were downed trees it would be even trickier)...just go up. I'd then go down liberty. Best part of the trip for us was the crew of young adults who came up behind us and then hiked with us. Most gracious, thoughtful and down right lovely crew I've met in awhile. Thank you to them for their support and company! My nine year old hauled a** with you on the trail, a blessing!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. As several other reviewers have noted the Liberty Trail is quite poorly blazed. In fact I don't believe I saw any real blazes until I reached the cabin about 0.5 miles from the summit. The good news is that the trail is easy to follow; there are little to no offshoots to other trails so just stay following the wide path that looks like it goes up the mountain and you'll eventually reach the top. After the cabin there are faintly pained blue arrows and yellow stripes that help guide you to the top. Took me 2.5 hours to summit and about 2 hours to return to my car. Worth the hike, as there are 360 degree views at the top. On clear days you can see Mt Washington off in the distance.

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We went up the brook trail, and down Liberty. The trails, especially Brook, are terribly marked. We got lost/turned around 3x before reaching the summit. Last week there was a new tree down blocking the path. Had to do some true bushwhacking to get through. Definitely higher difficulty than other hikes around, but that's what makes it great. The views at the top make every struggle worth it. 360 degree views.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

The beginning of the trail is what i would consider moderate hiking as described. The Alltrails description is not exactly accurate though. It is not 5.1m round trip. it is at lease 3,5miles from the parking lot located below the liberty trail. It is a pretty trail that runs along the brook for the first two miles of the trail. The last mile and a half are what i would call Difficult. It was very steep slippery rock faces and technical hiking. It also doesn't end at the tallest peak. still a very pretty view but i is another .25-.5 miles of very steep rocks to get to the peak. There were a lot of leaves on the ground an it had just rained so it was extra slippery and VERY poorly marked in many places.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Gorgeous hike, seeing the summit for the first time was breath taking.

This is not a hike for kids, it is a fairly grueling hike.
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The trail has lots of steep/rocky inclines, we had to stop and rest multiple times while hiking it. There are some nice level parts or gentle slopes to the trail, so it's not all uphill hiking. The trail is well defined, we had no problems following it. It is a very beautiful trail to hike and well worth all the work.

Once you go past to the Cabin there are several steep/ rocky places you have to climb to gain the summit. The summit trail is marked with faded spray paint arrows and some cairns, so it is not as easy to discern where the summit trail is at times.

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