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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

While my intention had been to hike Mt. Osceola, I could see some dark clouds looming over the area as I emerged from Sandwich Mountain Road. As a result, I decided to scale down my plans and go to Welch-Dickey.

Arriving at a fairly empty parking lot, I quickly set foot up the Welch Mountain segment. Other than a few folks doing trail work and a few others picking blueberries, I didn't see a single hiker the entire hike. Fortunately the ledges were fairly dry, making the ascent up to Welch Mountain not nearly as challenging as it could have been.

While the haze and clouds limited views in most directions, there were still decent views up toward Waterville.

My next stop was Dickey Mountain. I was making decent time until I reached the ledges - and found a great blueberry patch. I spent a good 5 to 10 minutes eating blueberries before continuing up to the summit area.

On the way down, I made another detour to some blueberries as part of my leisurely descent.

If this hike was a little bit closer, I think I'd do it a heck of a lot more often than I do now (average of once a year).


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: Monday, July 28, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:07 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Welch Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:07 PM
Summit Reached: 5:00 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:53
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 2,605'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,545'
Destination: Dickey Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:03 PM
Summit Reached: 5:23 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:20
Trailhead Elevation: 2,600'
Summit Elevation: 2,734'
Distance: .5 mile
Vertical Gain: 314'
Hike Ended: 6:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:32
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 Mountain from the Welch Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Sandwich Mountain from the Welch Mountain summit

The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail between Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain
The Welch-Dickey Loop Trail between Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain

Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from near the Dickey Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from near the Dickey Mountain summit

Topographic map of Welch Mountain, Dickey 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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