Another grand sight from atop Mt. Chocorua. Mountains rise up as far as the eye can see, until finally they block further sight.

Where the sky & earth almost meet

By: Matt Pyster, Interpretive Ranger at White Lake State Park & Ellacoya State Park.

On a recent hike up Mount Chocorua, I took the Brook Trail up, and the Liberty Trail down. The following is a journal entry that I made when reaching my first breathtaking sight of the lands around me…

“I see mountains encircling me, stretching as if trying to meet the clouds, floating above in the shapes of an elephant, a gopher, Boba Fett’s space ship, a plane. The distant lands fade into the mist on one side, towards what I think may be White Lake. Green trees fill my vision on rolling hills in every direction, dotted by the occasional blanket shadows from passing clouds. On my right side, I can see until the mountains block further sight, rising up as they are. I see from the view of an eagle…ah and yes I see a swarm of black flies around me too, attracted to my sweaty, muddy body after this difficult climb. Clouds lazily and almost imperceptibly move across the sky, their shadows in tow. It seems as if time passes slower up here on Chocorua.”

– 6/18
An overview of the lands surrounding Chocorua, dotted with lake. The hills and mountains disappearing to mist in the distance.
Looking left, towards misty lands
Another grand sight from atop Mt. Chocorua. Blue skies and mountains as far as the eye can see, until finally the mountains block further sight.
Looking right, towards mountainous heights

My knees hurt, my body was sore, my hand was cut, and every bit of it was worth the journey up. Oh and remember, these pictures aren’t from the top; that final visual will be saved for you if you go and see it in person.

If you want to scramble up a mountain, come out to camp at White Lake State Park and take a day hike out to one of the fantastic mountains nearby. Chocorua is my first, and I must recommend this mountain, where the earth and the sky almost meet. 

A panoramic view that captures rolling trees, misty hills, and mountains in the distance.
A panorama from my resting spot.

P.S. Do you have your own favorite hike in NH? Post its name and any pictures you took in the comments to help others find great spots!


Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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