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Welch Mountain
Thornton, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up the snow covered ledges below Welch Mountain
Heading up the snow covered ledges below Welch Mountain

Route: Welch-Dickey Loop Trail, (Welch Mountain), Welch-Dickey Loop Trail

After hurting my hip/lower back two days earlier, I decided to try to do something a bit relaxed in nature on a nice afternoon. Though the trail was solidly packed, I opted for snowshoes for traction purposes.

Reaching the summit of Welch, I had excellent views in all directions. I was almost half an hour early, however, so I had to wait for the sunset.

The sunset was decent, though a lack of clouds resulted in not much of a glow on the snow in the foreground of the display.

Even without much moonlight, I was able to make my way back to the parking lot without needing my headlamp.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Welch Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Hike Commenced: 4:19 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Welch Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:58 PM
Summit Reached: 4:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 2,605'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,545'
Hike Ended: 6:23 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:04
Hike Distance: 4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,575'


The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail trailhead
The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail trailhead

Looking at Sandwich Mountain from near the Welch Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sandwich Mountain from near the Welch Mountain summit

The sunset as seen from Welch Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Welch Mountain

Topographic map of Welch Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 49 to Six Mile Bridge - take a left there and go up the hill. Take a right onto Orris Road. National Forest pay parking lot will be on the right after a short drive.

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