Albany, New Hampshire

Nestled within the White Mountain National Forest in Albany, New Hampshire, the 3,490-foot Mount Chocorua stands as an eastern sentinel of the Sandwich Range.

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Nestled within the picturesque White Mountain National Forest in Albany, New Hampshire, Mount Chocorua stands as an eastern sentinel, the crown jewel of the Sandwich Range. While its elevation of 3,490 feet may not set altitude records, the mountain's rugged terrain and breathtaking views make it a cherished gem among outdoor enthusiasts.

Mount Chocorua's distinctiveness lies in its solitary grandeur, marking the end of the Sandwich Range and making its bare summit a prominent and identifiable landmark visible from nearly every direction. This captivating mountain has been immortalized in numerous works of art, a testament to its visual allure and cultural significance.

The clean prominence of Mount Chocorua, an impressive 1,240 feet, underscores its commanding presence on the landscape. Scenic Chocorua Lake to the south, with its mirror-like reflection of the mountaintop, adds to the visual poetry of the region. Adjacent to Mount Chocorua are the Three Sisters, their peaks forming a harmonious backdrop to the main attraction.

Part of the 6,100-acre Mount Chocorua Scenic Area, established in 1986 as part of the White Mountain Forest Plan, this region is a haven for those seeking the quintessential New England mountain experience. The summit, a picturesque rocky cone, is widely regarded as one of the most photographed in the world.

The Algonquin word "Chocorua," believed to mean "Rocky Home of the Water Serpent," adds a touch of mystique to the mountain's identity. This etymology reflects the rugged, serpent-like grace that characterizes the landscape.

For avid hikers, Mount Chocorua offers a challenge comparable to higher peaks in the White Mountains. Trailheads, starting at low elevations, result in substantial elevation gains. The Champney Brook to Mount Chocorua Trail, spanning 8 miles with a 2,267-foot elevation gain, is the preferred route for summit seekers. While the trail is highly challenging and recommended only for experienced hikers, the reward is unparalleled.

As you ascend, prepare for panoramic views that extend over Chocorua Lake, the Three Sisters, and far beyond. This popular area for hiking beckons adventurers to explore the trails between April and October. It's not uncommon to encounter fellow hikers, drawn by the allure of this majestic mountain.

Parking for the Champney Brook Trail can be found along the Kancamagus Highway. With an official lot accommodating around 30 cars, overflow parking along the highway is common. Note that roadside parking restrictions may apply, and a recreation parking pass is required for all trailheads along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.

Mount Chocorua invites you to embrace its rugged beauty, to tread the trails that wind through the heart of the White Mountains. Whether capturing the iconic summit in photographs or conquering its challenging trails, the allure of Mount Chocorua promises an unforgettable adventure amid the natural wonders of New Hampshire.

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Kancamagus Highway, Albany, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
43.954083, -71.273333
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Parking Notes:
Parking for the Champney Brook Trail, which leads hikers up to Mount Chocorua, can be found along the Kancamagus Highway. The official parking lot holds around 30 cars and overflow typically parks along the highway. Be aware that sometimes roadside parking is banned, so you must wait or find a different parking lot down the highway.


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