Ascent of Mount Chocorua on 2014-04-12

Climber: Michael Berger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Chocorua
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3480 ft / 1060 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not a 4000'er, but the views from the top of Chocurua are better than the majority of the 4000'ers I've visited. Aside from Mt Washington, this is one of the most recognizable peaks in NH and I hadn't climbed it yet. I was going to be in North Conway between 8-9 AM and had to be home by 5'ish, so Chocurua looked to be the best choice - especially since it was looking to be a gorgeous day and I knew Chocurua was one of the best places to enjoy such a day. I wanted to go up Champney Falls trail, but then I saw there was a bridge down and figured maybe the trail wouldn't be broken out. (I met some folks on top that told me getting across the stream without the bridge is not problem and the trail is in good shape). But, I decided to do Piper Trail. The trailhead parking is still not accessible, so I just parked out on Rt 16. The first half of the hike was pretty easy with spotty snow and ice, but as I got farther up and the temps quickly warmed up into the 50's, the still deep snow became nasty mashed potatoes. I put on snowshoes, but even with snowshoes I was post-holing and having a lot of backsliding making what should be a fairly easy climb a very tiring proposition. When I got to the top cone, I changed back to microspikes. I spent about 20 minutes on top having some lunch and enjoying the amazing views. I was running short on time, so I had to leave even though I could have easily stayed much longer. By the time I got off the trail, it was in the upper 60's - not what I'm used to. My blood is still winter thick. Absolutely great day!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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