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Welch Mountain, Foss Mountain, Green Mountain, Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak), Mt. Tecumseh (Northwest Peak)
Thornton, NH, Waterville Valley, NH, Livermore, 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, herd path, (Foss Mountain), herd path, (Green Mountain), bushwhack, Sosman Trail, (Mt. Tecumseh), Mt. Tecumseh Trail, (West Tecumseh), Mt. Tecumseh Trail, bushwhack, (Northwest Tecumseh), bushwhack, Mt. Tecumseh Trail

Really neat traverse. Started off with the traditional counterclockwise ascent up Welch - mostly dry and in good shape. We then continued into the col and up to the first ledges of Dickey, from where we followed the vague herd path (as mentioned in the WMG) to the northern ledges of Dickey (which are mandatory for redliners and well worth it for those just out hiking).

From the furthest ledge, we hopped in on an old herd path, which was a little vague at first, but then very easy to follow, presumably the remains of the original trail to Mt. Tecumseh. Lots of nice views as we ascended Foss Mountain (labelled just as an elevation on the USGS map) and Green Mountain.

The herd path pretty much dead ended at the recognized summit of Green Mountain, so we then bushwhacked along the ridge, generally in good woods with a thick spot in the col, as well as just before we popped out near the communications tower near the top of the ski area (noted a freshly cut bootleg ski trail just before it...not sure where it goes, but seems to be slabbing west).

Sosman was smooth as normal and Tecumseh was pretty busy. We then dropped down the Tripoli side of the Mt. Tecumseh, over West Tecumseh, then hitting the next saddle, bushwhacked in generally open woods to the wooded northwestern peak, then doubled back to the trail and descended to Tripoli Road. This side of the trail was also mostly dry and in good shape.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Welch Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Foss Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Green Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: West Tecumseh
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Northwest Tecumseh
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Welch Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:01
Trailhead Elevation: 1,090'
Summit Elevation: 2,605'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,545'
Destination: Foss Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:40
Trailhead Elevation: 2,605'
Summit Elevation: 3,312'
Vertical Gain: 812'
Destination: Green Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,312'
Summit Elevation: 3,540'
Vertical Gain: 258'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,540'
Summit Elevation: 4,003'
Vertical Gain: 743'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 4,003'
Summit Elevation: 3,766'
Vertical Gain: 146'
Destination: Mt. Tecumseh (Northwest Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 3,766'
Summit Elevation: 3,156'
Vertical Gain: 176'
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:58
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,720'


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

Looking at Foss Mountain and Mt. Tecumseh from Welch Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Foss Mountain and Mt. Tecumseh from Welch Mountain

The herd path between Dickey Mountain and Foss Mountain
The herd path between Dickey Mountain and Foss Mountain

A tarn between Dickey Mountain and Foss Mountain
A tarn between Dickey Mountain and Foss Mountain

Looking at the Tripyramids from Foss Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Tripyramids from Foss Mountain

The herd path to Green Mountain
The herd path to Green Mountain

Looking northeast from Green Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Green Mountain

Bushwhacking between Green Mountain and Mt. Tecumseh
Bushwhacking between Green Mountain and Mt. Tecumseh

Looking toward Welch and Dickey from near the summit of Mt. Tecumseh - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Welch and Dickey from near the summit of Mt. Tecumseh

The Mt. Tecumseh Trail on the way to West Tecumseh
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail on the way to West Tecumseh

Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from near the summit of West Tecumseh - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from near the summit of West Tecumseh

The Mt. Tecumseh Trail on the way to Northwest Tecumseh
The Mt. Tecumseh Trail on the way to Northwest Tecumseh

The wood summit of Northwest Tecumseh - Click to enlarge
The wood summit of Northwest Tecumseh

Topographic map of Welch Mountain, Foss Mountain, Green Mountain, Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Tecumseh (West Peak), Mt. Tecumseh (Northwest Peak)


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. To get to the west Mt. Tecumseh Trail trailhead, return to Route 49, then take it north to Tripoli Road, heading west over the height of land. The trailhead and parking lot will eventually be on the left.

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