Mount Chocorua Loop via Liberty Trail and Claybank Brook Trail
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.
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.
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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