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I took my 10 y/o son up the Liberty trail to the summit to celebrate my 35th birthday yesterday (mid July). I could not have asked for a better "proud dad" moment than to share this experience with him.

The hike was moderate and grew in difficulty as you make the ascent, but upon reaching the Jim Liberty Cabin, it seemed to energize the both of us with boyish delight as the summit was now within reach.

From this point, the climb is at it's most daunting with only raw rock face to traverse; the monotonous trail left below you. However, the excitement will surely overcome you and the view upon reaching the top is exhilarating!

On the question of available water. There is water for the first mile or so of every trail. The highest water I know of is at Liberty Cabin and it's not much. There is a sign pointing toward it behind the cabin. Any water you get on Chocorua needs to be treated. Too many animals and people.

some of the yellow marks on the path r faded so make sure u pay attention so u don't get lost. other than that ,when you get to the top you feel like ur on top of the world!!! 6 hour trip the piper trl..

Took this trail with my family with the youngest kid at 12 years old.
Bit challenging for someone out of shape like us (me) but worth every minute and drop of sweat. Took us about 4h with few short "water brake". I would do it again without hesitation.

Does anyone know if there is water on this trail? It’s been dry and i want to take my niece to hike it this morning but didn’t know how much water to pack.

Stuck to the ridge trails for the views on this on which proved to be a wise move. Some points on the Nickerson Ledge and Carter Ledge Trails were pretty steep but the payoff in views made them worthwhile. Absolutely loved the Sisters and the views of Chocorua further down the ridge. The trail between the Sisters and Chocorua itself were easy. About a 100 foot ledge scramble to summit Chocorua. Descended via Liberty/Hammond/Weetamoo. Incredible views from both the Sisters and Chocorua. Awesome hike.

One of my favorite trails. I enjoyed the mixed terrain and beautiful views from the top.

My wife and I did this trail with our teenage sons. We are all pretty fit (running, cycling, playing sport) but we found this trail to be challenging. The first half is pleasant and pretty easy. Then some time after the little bridge, you climb relentlessly up very steep and very rocky paths for 400 to 500m. The views are spectacular. Take plenty of water and allow almost as long for the descent as the ascent.

I hiked these trails in late June and enjoyed it for the most part. I hiked it with my dog going up The Brook trail. It was not difficult until near the end when you hit several rock slabs. My dog struggled a bit here and I had to lift him up a few times.
The trail is marked fairly well and is a gradual climb. The only place where you can get a little lost is when you hit the rock slabs. They are poorly marked and I wasn’t sure if I was on the trail or not several times.
The trail opens up close to the top and I again had to lift up my dog several times.
The view from the top is awesome!! On a clear day you can see for Miles way up to the Whites! Lots of areas to sit with the dog too to rest.
We descended the Liberty trail and it was much easier and I recommend this way up and down if you are bringing your dog.
My advice.... leave early to beat the crowds and you can have the mountain to yourself. I was on the top at 10:30 and there was only two others! One hour later... 20!!
It’s an awesome hike to do. Liberty up and down if you have a dog. Long but nice! If you don’t have a dog do brook trail up. Or I did Piper trail before and that was great too! Enjoy!

Overall took me about four hours to go up and come back down again, with about 30 minutes at the top. Gets pretty steep at some points, especially near the top. I found this trail to be difficult, but I don't hike as often as I would like to. Bring big spray!

This was a great hike! We brought our 7 yo daughter with us and she made it to the top with no complaining (we did bribe her with a trip to Zebs after). Trails are clearly marked and the view would have been amazing but we hiked on a cloudy day after it rained so we didn’t get to see much. The mosquitos below the tree line were out in full force so bring bug spray! The trip took us 5 hours with stopping for snacks, lunch and a rest break at the top. The rocks can be slippery when wet so if you go after it rains take your time and watch your footing. I would hike this again!

beautiful

This hike was not as hard as my partner and I thought it would be! The first two miles of hiking along the Liberty Trail was quite flat and we didn’t hit hard inclines til the last .8 miles of the hike. There are incredible views the last mile of the hike. Liberty Cabin is a nice place to stop to refuel but we were disappointed with the view from the cabin. This loop trail actually doesn’t bring you to the summit of Chocura. There is another .5 mile or so to get to the peak which we did not end up doing as we were satisfied with the views from the lower peak and were getting quite annoyed from the amount of bugs. Only complaint with trail is that there were no clear trail markers along Liberty trail and it was a bit difficult to stay along the brook trail. BE SURE TO BRING BUG SPRAY AND SUNSCREEN AND A HAT OR SUNGLASSES. Many of the viewpoints and last mile of hike is bare granite so the morning June sun was beating down on us. Also black flies were terrible and we passed many hikers that were just as annoyed with their incessant nagging. At times there were so many flies they looked like dense black clouds surrounding us. Bring enough water as the brook and springs did not contain the clearest of waters.

This was my first hike in 2 years.It is difficult if you are a beginner. It rises gradually and is super steep in sections. Rocky too. Definitely carry a bug spray during the spring. The last mile was a real struggle but the views are worth it. Very rewarding. Make sure to carry a lot of water.

The trail itself lived up to billing as difficult. What was the downer was at the lower elevation there were non stop mosquitoes!! Worst I’ve ever seen by far. You could not stop or you would be swarmed. Once you got higher up it wasn’t so bad but at the lower elevations watch out, beginning at the parking lot. Also there was no waterfall like advertised. Also I couldn’t find the loop so it ended up being an out and back. Also it’s rocky as heck.

This was my first ever hike! A little buggy this time of the year but a bunch of friendly hikers offered up their bug spray (so nice!). Definitely got a little strenuous towards the end and it caught me a little off guard, but the view was just spectacular. It was sure worth the hike!

This was a relatively quick hike with the reward of spectacular views at the summit. The first mile and a bit is a relatively easy ascent on a dirt path; from there you'll hit a fairly steep ascent and a few rocky scrambles up to the summit. I chose this hike because of what previous reviewers said about the views and I was not disappointed. The panorama was really breathtaking, from Chocorua to the Presidentials, to the towns laid out below. I'm really looking forward to hiking this mountain again and continuing on to North Moat.

fun with scrambles, and beautiful summit views.

This was amazing and challenging hike and the trail was well marked. It was somewhat steep in sections, but you get breaks along the way. Ultimately not a ton of effort for the rewarding views! Also there wasn’t a lot of fellow foot traffic which made for a peaceful summit.

Recorded about 10 miles but couldn’t agree more, challenging and beautiful views.

One of the best trails in NH. Not easy but worth the climb, amazing views at the top. most beautiful in autumn.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail - varied terrain. Lower portion is a smooth dirt path with constant but mild ascent. Upper portion is increasingly rocky, giving way to open rock expanses and views of the surrounding scape. As others have said, the climb is moderate. Some steeper sections but good breaks between. No real scrambling on the way to North Moat. My pup (45lb hound) did this trail easily. Watch yourself on the rock if it's wet - we found it to be very slippery in bareboot. All ice is gone and spring/summer bugs are out in force. :) Can't wait to do this one again all the way to North Moat.

Did this with my adult sons lots different types of terrain with lots of views!

hiking
2 months ago

hike, not for beginners
good 360 views, completed in 3.4 hours with a break at summit
not a good trail for bad knees

Not for the faint of heart! Strong and endless elevation gains after the first 20 minutes of the trail. Beautiful scene at the summit makes it all worthwhile. We were hot on the trail but conditions were cool and windy up top, so layers are a great idea. Enjoy!

I went on this hike on a beautiful day in June and it was amazing. The views from the top are breathtaking, highly recommend! it's on the more difficult side and there are rocks to climb over at the top so be aware of this when setting out.

Bouts of steep rocks are mixed in with a decently level route. Elevation is gained roughly and quickly, however the views from the top are fantastic. On a clear day the white mountains can be clearly seen across the horizon. About 4 hours if you’re going a decent/slower pace. Like most N.H. hikes, this is well worth the trip.

Good hike.

Great loop with rocky summits, I strongly recommend it

We hiked up the piper trail today, took the pup with us as well. Great trail although there was a good amount of snow/ice still. We didn’t have spikes but still managed to summit. The top was pretty icey though. Spectacular views up top of Mt Washington and the surrounding White Mountains. With the snow and ice it took us about 4hrs round trip.

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