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What a view! Rocky, with boulders, and roots make this trail interesting. A few steep spots but overall steady inclines. It was hard to leaVe the ledges. The view was so beautiful. We had them all to ourselves on a Saturday, after 3:00. You have to go back to the trail each time you go explore the ledges.

10 hours ago

This is a wonderful trail! Up Piper, down Hammond and Weetamoo in 6h (with a nice break at the top.) 360-degree views with fading blazes once above tree line (but a few well-placed cairns helped us navigate, plus this app.) No real scrambling per se, but the open rock when wet requires some caution. Saw our first ice of the season today, and snow on the distant summit of Mount Washington!

trail running
1 day ago

Very solid trail. first mile is pretty flat then goes straight up from there. Weather can get crazy up top but the hike i well worth it. Highly Recommended!

Nice trail, very easy and long.
With foliage is very beautiful but I don’t think that during regular season is can be so impressive.
It’s a long walk through the forest with few points of interest. I was hoping for more scenic view.
I did the east side of the trail.

Hiked this yesterday & Sawyer River Road was open. Took me around 5 hours total. The trail itself was pretty with the fall foliage but psychologically tough because most of it is uphill through the woods with few views. Since it was a clear day it was worth it to see those 360 degree views from the deck though.

Fun hike

This was such a great hike, and it was even better with the changing of the leaves! Tree cover for most of the hike, until you get the ridge. We had such a gorgeous, and clear view. If you're lucky, you may be greeted by a few Gray Jays at the top of the watch tower. They polished off more of my trail mix than I did...And as people have stated, Sawyer Rd is open, and it's a beautiful drive down the road!

5 stars for the views at the top. 3 stars for the unrelenting rocks, scrabble, and boulders to step on, over, and around. I'm not extra-fit, and my thighs almost gave out 10 minutes from the top, but I'm glad I persisted. The forests were perfumed with a rich pine scent higher up and the view was divine. Not 360 but you can see far and wide.

4 days ago

Before I review, let's get a few things clear. Piper Trail is one of a number of trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Chocorua (I don't understand why AllTrails doesn't just say that in their description; like with many trails it would save us time not having to figure out what trails end at what summit, etc.) Also, there are four different signs on the PIper trail and none of them seem to agree on the actual mileage. It ranges from 4.2 - 4.5 one way to the actual summit, so I'm going to say the round trip is 8.5 miles - not the 6.7 AllTrails claims. Ok, with the business out of the way - this hike is truly lovely. The first mile or so is basically flat with some small steep sections that immediately level out. There are three small stream crossings, nice opportunities for dogs to get a drink. The next two miles climb steadily but moderately. The next mile or so (after the lean to) is intense. Steep, lots and lots of rocks, and a fair number of bare/steep rock crossings. Not for the faint of heart. At about a mile from the summit you can see the summit, and it looks far away and imposing. But actually the last .6 miles is not so bad. The trail is very well maintained; not always marked well at the top but it's certainly clear enough where it goes. The views on a clear day are spectacular. Bring lots of water and sunscreen - there's basically no shade at the top. I would rate this hike more hard than moderate but then again, those ratings are completely subjective based on fitness level. Round trip hiking time (without lunch at the top or stopping to take all the pictures) took me 5 hours and 20 min. Enjoy!

4 days ago

Great hike but demanding. No breaks on the way up or down. Take your time and you can have a great hike.

Give lots of time. Avoid rain. Going home to cry into a beer now...

I’d rate it a harder moderate due to the rocky nature going up in the second half, but it’s so worth it making it to the top. Lake is serene and beautiful, views are fantastic and the hut is a great place to stop for a rest and snack.

This is a beautiful trail. The hiked up is a steady incline with a couple leveled out areas. There is a little bit of a view at the top.

our family of 5 started at 10am this past saturday and ended just after 4. what a great hike. though the summit was in the clouds and chilly, the hike up had great views and though challenging in spots, everyone had a great time . mt. chocura may not be one of the higher peaks, but it certainly stands up to them for its long. range views and variety of terrain/conditions. can't wait to go again

Super easy trail up to Zealand Falls Hut. Along this first 2.8 miles you travel gentle grades as it follows an old rail road bed. Upon entering the beaver pond area wildlife is abundant and the landscape is draped it beautiful autumn colors! The next 1.3 miles to Zeacliff is much steeper with many large boulders to work around. There is even a ladder to scale your way up a very steep almost vertical granite wall. The view from Zeacliff is amazing. From here you can see Mt. Washington in the distance with the distinct round hump of Mt. Eisenhower in the foreground. Mt. Carrigain towers into the sky and if you use binoculars you can even see the firetower on the summit. You also get a view of the rugged cliffs of Whitewall Mountain with Ethan Pond just beyond. As I continued on, bog bridges helped keep things dry as I passed through the col between Zeacliff and onward and upward to the summit of Zealand Mountain 1.6 miles from Zeacliff. Although the summit is treed in it is still a great trip, and a cool summit sign! I read where others described the trip from the cliff to the summit as boring or nondescript, I did not find this to be the case. On this final leg of the ascent there is yet another marked view point and you can take a side trip to the shores of Zealand Pond. There are also much rare plant growth and wildlife along the way. Overall a great day out and another 4K conquered!!! Took me 6 hours total with approx. 1-1/2 hours of breaks & exploration.

Great trail well traveled and fun to hike , the hut at the top on the lake is perfect for having lunch before continuing on. The ducks are so friendly on the lake and the views are so gorgeous especially in fall !

Loved this trail. Very challenging but rewarding. We did it on a cool cloudy day so we had no view but we had the trail to ourselves. Took our dog with us and he loved it. The rocks and rooted were pretty slippery so make sure you where proper hiking shoes. We will definitely be back!

Did the 32 mile loop clockwise in one day. Didn’t hit Zealand or North Twin. Started at 3 am and ended at 8:45 pm. Long, grueling, and hardest 1 day hike I’ve ever done. Did the 1 day presi a couple months before this and it was much easier. If you’re doing in one day prepare to carry a lot of food and water weight as you really only have one guaranteed spot to refill on the loop. If you go clockwise the Garfield ridge is hard but your toughest climb of the day will be to South Twin, straight up right after you’ve refilled your water and food at Galehead hut. I would love to do this again over a few days but wanted to get the 1 day Pemi and 1 day presi done in the same year. Follow me on Ig for pics and hiking updates @packandpeak

Great hike. Went North to South. Steep last half mile, but worth it.

6 days ago

Really enjoyed our hike. We went counter clockwise and spent about half an hour at the summit. Personally, I'd rank the hike easy overall. There was a brief period of steep incline, but it was short and not technical. Be careful you don't miss the summit!

6 days ago

Great hike with super rewarding views at the top. Definitely follow the advice to go counter clockwise, glad we did. My dog loved it, too. Not too crowded, even in peak foliage season.

Great views!

Tough hike up to the tower. Not many views due to cloud cover but had some breaks enough to get an idea of what it must bring on a sunny day. Will probably try this again on a better day

We did this trail today and lost a navy blue sweatshirt that says SJP soccer. If you find it please email me. Thanks! LUSKCT@gmail.com

Thank you!

Do not underestimate this trail! We hiked it yesterday and it was awesome! We are slower hikers and started at 8am and got back out 10 minutes before dark. To put in perspective we did little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette starting at 11am and finishing just before dark. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete. Beautiful trail though

This was a very nice hike I would say 4.5 stars. To have the description say very steep is a bit much. We started at Ammanousac or however it is spelled and then hiked up to the lake of the clouds hut. Then went up Monroe which I highly recommend because the top is great and not that crowded. Then we hung at the lake a bit and went up to Washington then down the Jewell trail. The only reason this is getting 4 stars is the top of Washington is horrible. It's a big tourist trap and really stinks. The Jewell trail coming down was amazing and something you should definitely take. Great waterfalls on the trail, great leaf peeping. No real scrambling which was a bit of a disappointment. compared to Katahdin or the Hellbrook trail on Mansfield this was a breeze.

This is by far the toughest trail in white mountains that I have done. Make sure you do Washington or or adams individually before attempting this. We started at 9 am on caps ridge and made it to jefferson summit at 11 am. The vies were breathtaking of fall foliage in New Hampshire. We reached adams at 1 and Madison at 230 and back to trail head at 730 pm. Got delayed a bit due to high winds in gulf side trail.

Getting to the ridge of adams was fine however climbing adams was quite tough, there is no stairway like path to adams summit and involves twisting and turning your feet in slightly awkward angles, with a little bit of scrambling sprinkled in.

After adams we went a long way down the ridge towards Madison hut. THE HUT WAS CLOSED. We gave some of our water to a couple who had not brought enough thinking they could refill at the hut. we left our backpacks at the hut and hurried up mount Madison. I felt Mount Madison summit was much more breathtaking than either adams or jefferson, with its 360 degree views and fall foliage of high fall season.

Things to note:
1) wind near and at adams and jefferson summit brought the temperature down significantly. We had to thrown on all our layers each time we came near to these peaks. Madison was much more tamer.

2) though the forecast said clear skies for the entire day, it became quite foggy on the way back, which along with higher than predicted winds made the going very tough on the gulf side trail.

3) we avoided climbing adams and jefferson on the way back by taking the gulf side trail and continuing on to the jefferson loop to reach caps ridge.

4) Gps tracker with all trails was extremely useful. Once it gets foggy and real windy, it becomes easy to lose path.

5) make sure each of you bring headlamps and hiking blankets just in case. We hiked the last half hour in complete darkness.

6) fix your turn around time as half the daylight that you half left minus an hour at the beginning of the hike.

Overall this hike got me a fair bit of respect for phrase “exposed over the tree line” hiking. If you are considering doing the entire presidential traverse, I highly recommend doing this trail first to get a taste of it. It pushes the strength of knees and leg muscles to the next level.

If you are fit and weather is good, this is a great hike.

Bond and Bond Cliffs are a must for anyone who enjoys the mountains. It’s a long trip from either side, but the railroad grade from this side is the fastest way into the base of the mountain.

Sawyer river road is open. My fiend and I drove up the road Oct 3 2018 to the parking lot at the trail head

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