Owing to having to clean out the cabin and a variety of other chores, we didn't get an early start, but we were still on-trail by around 10. Right off the bat there is a water crossing at the site of an old bridge, which was easily rock-hopped thankfully. This trail started off gradually, and ice-free, but a short time before we reached the falls loop we had to put the traction on, which largely remained on until back to this spot again.
|Approaching the summit|
While somewhat steep in places, this trail overall was relatively gradual, utilizing several (icy) switchbacks to gain the ridge. From there it was a series of intermittently icy and bare rock ledges to the summit. The skies had cleared some just as we got to treeline, and we were treated to a taste, though not the full picture, of what views can be had from this rocky summit.
|The Chocorua Ridge|
|Survey marker on the summit|
We found a spot down out of the wind to hang out for a short while, enjoying the views. But seeing clouds rolling in from the west and snow in the afternoon forecast, we headed down before too long to get a head-start on the drive home. Just as we got below treeline, the clouds socked things in pretty well, so it seems we hit the summit at exactly the right time for once! This is definitely a peak that I need to revisit on a nice day, and via some of the many other routes!
|The Sisters from Chocorua|