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Welch Mountain, Dickey 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 Welch-Dickey Loop Trail to Welch Mountain
Heading up the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail to Welch Mountain

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

The wooded lower elevations were mostly dry with a dusting of snow and minimal ice. However, once you reach the ledges on either side, it was a different story. There were a few places with blue ice flow bulges, however the real concern at the moment was black ice. Slight melting during the day set up a lot of borderline invisible ice throughout the ledges. Some of the ice was very thin, patchy, and hard to see. Fortunately there was solid granite to break your fall. A few ledges had ice spanning the whole width.

There's enough dry ledge that you'll wear down your Microspikes. However, the ice was significant enough that barebooting was downright dangerous.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Welch Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:43
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 2,605'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,545'
Destination: Dickey Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 2,600'
Summit Elevation: 2,734'
Distance: .5 mile
Vertical Gain: 314'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:53
Hike Distance: 4.5 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,899'


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

Looking at Sandwich Dome from Welch Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sandwich Dome from Welch Mountain

Winter between the peaks
Winter between the peaks

Looking at the Tripyramids from near the Dickey Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Tripyramids from near the Dickey Mountain summit

The sunset as seen from near the summit of Dickey Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from near the summit of Dickey Mountain

Ice skating rink on the Dickey ledges
Ice skating rink on the Dickey ledges

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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