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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.
The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail on the way to Welch Mountain
The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail on the way to Welch Mountain

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

Snow generally did not set up last night, so the loop was very soft this morning. Even with snowshoes on, I was sinking in a few inches. Trail is not yet postholed, but bareboot traffic today could make it a mess. Some exposed ledge up high, but only very short stretches of it (so snowshoes weren't an issue). A lot of the scrambles are moderately filled in with snow, making for relatively easy passage. The second large ledge below Dickey on the Dickey side of the loop is covered in a sheet of ice, but there is a narrow shelf of snow at the top of it (those with issues with heights probably won't appreciate it).

Overall, snowpack is probably 2 to 3 feet of soft spring snow.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Welch Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 2,605'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,545'
Destination: Dickey Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:23
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 toward Waterville from Welch Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Waterville from Welch Mountain

The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail between the peaks
The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail between the peaks

The sunrise from near the Dickey Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from near the Dickey Mountain summit

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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