Mount Chocorua Loop via Liberty Trail and Claybank Brook Trail

4 reviews #2 hike out of 19 in
6.8 mi
Distance
3 hrs 13 min
Time
terrain
2,501 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Chocorua in White Mountain National Forest.

The Jim Liberty Trail is the oldest and perhaps "easiest" way to ascend the mountain but it's more interesting to ascend the Brook Trail and descend by way of Jim Liberty. The brook trail is a much prettier trail as it climbs up along claybank brook but there are some significant scrambles to get to the trail junction with Jim Liberty. The Jim Liberty trail does feature the Jim Liberty Cabin just below the summit cone, the site of an old hotel. It sleeps 9 on a first come - first serve basis. No fires and no camping outside the cabin or indeed just about anywhere else around the mountain as it is in a WMNF Forest Protection Zone.

Getting Started

The location of the parking area can be found in Google Maps. Search for "Mt Chocorua Liberty Trailhead and Parking." Space for about 10 cars after a bumpy and rough road suitable for most cars with adequate clearance. There is no cell service at the trailhead and only a map kiosk. No trash and no toilets so be prepared. A number of trails leave from the parking lot so attention is needed.

Taking Children

This might be a difficult hike for children under 10 or children of shorter stature. There aren't many diversions along the way and the scramble required to gain the summit might be worrisome.


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    6 months, 1 week ago
    A late May ascent of Mount Chocorua by the Brook trail and descent by the Jim Liberty Trail. Trails have been patrolled for the summer season and were in pretty good shape. The Jim Liberty Trail is wet on it's lower third in a few places. Only saw a handful of people at the summit. A great day!
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    2 years, 1 month ago
    Liked the quick elevation gain and views. It took a while to get to the quick elevation though. It was a lot of flat walking.
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    2 years, 3 months ago
    I have hiked this loop perhaps 50 times. Sometimes carrying a chainsaw and other tools as part of the Chocorua Mountain Club. Best route is up the Brook Trail and down the Liberty which share he same parking lot. Very steep ledges above tree line and few cairns so be careful especially in winter coming down. www.chocorualakeconservancy.org/mt-Chocorua/cmc
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SnowshoeDancer 6 months, 1 week ago
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A late May ascent of Mount Chocorua by the Brook trail and descent by the Jim Liberty Trail. Trails have been patrolled for the summer season and were in pretty good shape. The Jim Liberty Trail is wet on it's lower third in a few places. Only saw a handful of people at the summit. A great day! Judy Cook
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