The trail is marked with yellow blazes, but at times the blazes were not obvious, so it's important to pay attention to what you are doing. I think I actually wandered off the trail at one point, but quickly reconnected a minute or two later.
Most of the trail is in the woods, with sections of shallow incline and steeper incline. You won't see much for scenic views until you're well over halfway up the mountain.
View of Mount Chocorua from the trail
The first nice view you get is of Mount Chocorua's rugged, jagged peak. Since Chocorua is one of my favorite mountains, I always enjoy seeing this!
When you get to the point where you can see mountains behind you, you've probably got 1/2 to 3/4 hour hiking left.
A little bit beyond the open ledge with views, I started finding snow and mud and water on the trail - it's early May, after all! Then I (more...)
I arrived at the trailhead at about 6:30 AM, and it was very chilly for the first half-hour or so.