The Chocorua Mountain Club is over 100 Years Old!
On July 17, 1908, Hutchie Page called the first meeting of the Chocorua Mountain Club (CMC), a sister organization to the Chocorua Lake Conservancy.
CMC's mission statement, written that same year, said:
Over the years, little or no land was bought, only a few camps built, but many hours have been spent on trail maintenance and, increasingly, erosion control.
In 1923, the CMC had 418 members and dues were 50 cents a year for active members. There are currently no annual dues for joining the CMC.
The CMC is responsible for clearing and maintaining seven trails on Mount Chocorua and Mt Paugus, including the Brook Trail, Hammond Trail, Bee Line Trail, Weetamoo Trail, Old Paugus Trail and Whitten Brook Trail.
CMC members also help maintain trails on CLC-owned and CLC-managed conservation lands, including the following trails: Bickford Heights, Old Mail Road, Heron Pond Loop (Lonely Lake); Middle Trail, Watkins Way, Hunters Trail, and Highland Trail.
The CMC publishes a detailed Tyvek map of all trails in the Mount Chocorua region. This trail map is available for purchase at local stores in Chocorua and Tamworth.
Annual Trail Clearing Day
The CMC organizes an annual spring Trail Clearing Day the second Saturday in May, between the end of mud season and the beginning of black flies, followed by a splendid potluck dinner for all participants and annual meeting.
Want to help?
Anyone interested in participating in the annual spring Trail Clearing Day, or helping with trail maintenance on other occasions, please contact the CMC.