Mt. Chocorua is one of the most climbed and photographed mountains in the White mountains of New Hampshire. In the winter it's a good day in the woods with a brief taste of winter climbing in the White mountains above the tree line. Weather permitting, we will have 360 views of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains at the exposed treeless summit! We will be ascending and descending via Champney Falls Trail and Piper Trail, covering up to 7-8 miles and about 2500 feet of elevation gain. The route includes some open ledges that will require the use of full crampons. Optionally, we may also visit the frozen Champney Falls along the way! At roughly a mile and a half there is a side trail to Champney Falls (this trail contains ledges; crampons are required). Due to its summit exposure, we can't guarantee that we will summit it, it can be windy and icy above tree line.
Stephen loves the outdoors, particularly in winter. He started hiking and backpacking as a teen and has not stopped since. He has hiked the NH 4000 footers several times in all seasons, and thru-hiked the AT in 2016. Stephen has led trips for the AMC for many years. He prefers backpacks (multi-day when his schedule allows), and hikes at a relaxed pace.