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Welch-Dickey Mountain Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (38) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Make a unique and scenic loop to the summits of two mountains on this stunning trail.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

Loop

2,727' 831 m

High

1,119' 341 m

Low

1,709' 521 m

Up

1,709' 521 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

Welch Mountain is a prominent rocky peak that forms the western wall of the narrow gateway to Waterville Valley through which the Mad River flows. A short distance to the northwest is the exposed summit of Dickey Mountain. There are many outstanding views of the surrounding countryside that can be seen from open ledges and rock outcrops along the Welch-Dickey Mountain Trail.

Need to Know

CAUTION: In wet weather, the exposed bare rock may be slippery. Be aware of jagged drop offs.

Description

The Welch/Dickey Mountain Trail bears right after leaving the parking area and then crosses a brook. It climbs gradually through a mixed stand of birches, beech and maple, following back to reach the southern ridge of Welch Mountain. Here the trail passes through a stand conifers before coming out onto a broad exposed ledge (1.3 miles).

From here, the trail scampers up the ridge to the summit of Welch Mountain. Stop on this rock outcropping and take in the views, or simply push on to your next objective, Dickey Mountain. From the Dickey Mountain summit you'll turn south and head down the other side of the drainage back to the parking area.

Although not as steep as your ascent pitch, this descent is nothing to trifle with. Take it slow and be very wary of wet surfaces.

Flora & Fauna

At one time this area was covered with red oak, red spruce and scattered white pine but fire ravaged the area in the 1880's. Welch and Dickey Mountains are susceptible to lightning strikes, which can result in fire. Today, jack pine (a pioneer species) is present, but declining. Jack pine is primarily a fire-dependent species.

The cones are serotinous which means they require heat to open and release seeds; temperatures of at least 160° F are required. Welch Mountain is one of five places in New Hampshire that jack pine survives. Other places include Lake Umbagog, Mount Chocorua, Webster Cliff and Sandwich Dome. Welch Mountain and Sandwich Dome is the southern most tip of this species range.

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Tom Robson

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Now, this is different. Almost like a sidewalk.
Oct 22, 2015 near Watervi…, NH
Amazing views from the first overlook you come to
Jul 25, 2018 near Thornton, NH
Walking between two summits
Jul 25, 2018 near Watervi…, NH
Beginning of the trail, crossing small streams
Jul 25, 2018 near Thornton, NH
A very large cairn.
Oct 22, 2015 near Watervi…, NH
First summit
Jul 25, 2018 near Watervi…, NH

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May 22, 2021
Alessandra Seiter
4.2mi
May 1, 2021
Austin L
Feb 5, 2021
NH Hiker95
One of the best half-day hikes in the Whites. Much open-ledge and scenic vistas. Some scrambling ascending Welch
Nov 11, 2020
Jackson Myers
We enjoyed this hike. Lots of steep granite slab to walk up but minimal scrambling. Great views from the top. 4.9mi — 3h 35m
Oct 10, 2020
Candace Gregorian
Sep 5, 2020
Justin Partis
Mostly dry and open, some mud in the woods but otherwise great! 2.6mi — 1h 41m
Aug 22, 2020
Gig Patel
Aug 15, 2020
Eric Brose
A great hike, very scenic and beautiful landscape. A good short hike, very steep at certain points. 4mi — 3h 00m