Haunted Hike: Chief Chocorua & the Legendary Mountain Curse. (Adv)

Haunted Hike: Chief Chocorua & the Legendary Mountain Curse.



The Chocorua Legend - In several versions, the legend's sequence relates the mysterious death of Chocorua's son while in the care of a settler named Campbell.  Suspicious of the cause, the Pequawket chieftain took revenge on the settler's family.  Then, in retaliation, Campbell killed Chocorua on the peak of the mountain now bearing the Indian's name.

The peak and surrounding area is thought to be haunted by Chief Chocorua who cast a curse on the settlers and lept from Cow Rock on the summit while being shot by Campbell.

Route Description: 

Piper Trail to the summit, 4.2 miles, 2700 ft of gain, 3h 25m

Summit to Hammond Trail, 1.1 miles, 1000 ft of loss, 1h 10m

Hammond to Wettamoo Trail, .9 miles, 250 ft of loss, 30m

Wettamoo to Piper Trail, 1.9 miles, 1250 ft of loss, 1h 35m

Piper Trail to Lot, .6 miles, 200 ft of loss, 30 m

Pace: Slow to Moderate

Rated: Advanced

Pet’s:  Limited space only! With permission from the Organizer.

Your dog should have responsible human along on the trip. They should understand the physical demands of the hike and have experience and be fit enough to follow. They should also know trail regulations for that hike. It is not the organizers responsibility. Have good etiquette while on the trail.  Have a leash for when you feel frisky. Have some First aid preparedness in case you slip and fall, or try to play with that porcupine again.  Have the food and water available for carbohydrate loading when needed. Provide you some sleeping shelter & blanket to keep you warm and insulated from the ground. Maybe even some doggy clothing like jacket or booties for those cold hikes.


Look to the gear list listed at our group page.

Click  "More"

Click  "Files"

Click  "Gear List - Winter Hiking"

Getting There:

Carpooling options should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Page. Sharing a ride, it’s always more fun!

Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

Map #: 3 - Crawford Notch to Sandwich Range


The White Mountains have notoriously unpredictable weather.. Any weather report is only good for 24 hours... Decision on “go – no – go” will be made 24 – 48 hours before the trip...FYI

Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.

Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.

Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing. Even Hiking can be by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…

Join or login to comment.

  • Kristie W.

    Great hike! Saw the first snow, couldn't quite figure out how Chief Chocura got on top of Cow's rock, and met new friends! Looking forward to Winter!

    October 29, 2013

  • Jay B.

    What a great time and great trail system. I look forward in seeing you folks again and hitting that loop again in the future... Cheers!

    October 29, 2013

  • Laurie A.

    This girl is sick, not gonna happen:( the want is great but slammed with respiratory constraints. Must listen to my bodies need for rest since I've been battling for relief and this early alarm proved I'm worse not better. Happy hiking I'm bummed.

    October 27, 2013

  • Karl R.

    I really want to join you all but body is saying no

    October 26, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Thanks for the tip. I am still up in the air on the trip. I am still not feeling good but I will let you guys know in the morning.

    October 26, 2013

  • Kristie W.

    Jay is recommending micro spikes, we may have snow on top, warm jacket is recommended for summit if we want to hang out for a bit. The plan is too eat on the summit, Jay is bringing a stove, soup or ramen with bowl is suggested.

    October 26, 2013

3 went

  • Jay B.
    Trail Name: "Evil Jay", Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kristie W.
    Total, Honey Badger!, Co-Organizer
    Event Host

Our Sponsors

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more

Meetup has allowed me to meet people I wouldn't have met naturally - they're totally different than me.

Allison, started Women's Adventure Travel

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy