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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Brown Ash Swamp Bike Trail (aka the Dickey Notch Trail)
Route: Welch-Dickey Loop Trail, Brown Ash Swamp Bike Trail, bushwhack, (Cone Mountain), bushwhack, Brown Ash Swamp Bike Trail, Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
It wasn't looking like a great day weatherwise at higher elevations, so I headed over to the Waterville area.
Starting on the Welch Dickey Loop Trail, I continued straight where the western loop turned right, staying on the old Dickey Notch Trail. The trail was generally tame with good footing as it worked its way past a pond/marsh.
Just after passing the pond area, I crossed over a small brook and worked my way up to the subpeak of Cone Mountain. The woods were open, though my progress was slowed when I reached some ledge faces that required scrambling. I suspect I could circled around either side to avoid the scrambling.
The subpeak featured good views in all directions from the ledgy summit area. Continuing onward, I dropped into the col and stayed a bit below the height of land in some open woods.
The climb up Cone from here was steep but open at first, however as I climbed, I started to hit some sprucy woods as I neared the ledgy summit.
From the summit, there were excellent directional views of Tecumseh, Dickey-Welch, and Sandwich Dome.
Hearing thunder in the distance, I soon was on my way east, originally aiming to hit a road and walk back to the trailhead. Instead, I found myself skirting around some cliffs, just staying a bit northwest of the road and pushing instead back to the bike trail a bit southeast of the ponds.
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|Monday, August 2, 2010
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The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail (Dickey Branch) trailhead
A startled bear (the feeling was mutual)
Looking at Cone Mountain from the northeastern subpeak
Dickey Mountain and Welch Mountain as seen from Cone 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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