Welch dickey loop trail
Bike the whites episode 9: on the edge on dickey mountain
This famous hike over the Welch and Dickey mountains is one of New England’s most beautiful and rewarding hikes, with everything you might want: a mostly gentle grade (with some thrilling slabs to climb near the top), excellent views from the plateau, two summits, and the satisfaction of a loop hike! Although it may be difficult for toddlers (though it is totally doable with a little help from mom or dad), kids aged 6 and up can enjoy the wide-open sky and impressive granite slabs. This hike should be avoided in poor weather and rainy conditions because the slabs can be very slippery and the ridgeline is exposed.
To begin a counterclockwise loop, turn right at the trailhead onto Welch-Dickey Loop Trail. The climb up Welch Mountain is steep in places, and hiking up these parts is much easier and smoother than descending them. Along a fun babbling brook, steadily ascend through the birch and maple trees. The path will soon begin to ascend, and you will reach the first open ledges with views to the south and the Crazy River below at around the 1.3-mile mark.
Hiking the white mountains | welch dickey loop
Welch Mountain is a prominent rocky peak that forms the western wall of the Mad River’s narrow entrance into Waterville Valley. Dickey Mountain’s exposed peak is a short distance to the northwest. From open ledges and rock outcrops along the Welch-Dickey Mountain Trail, there are many spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
After leaving the parking area, the Welch/Dickey Mountain Trail bears right and crosses a brook. It steadily ascends through a mixed forest of birches, beech, and maple before turning around to meet Welch Mountain’s southern ridge. Before emerging onto a wide exposed ledge, the trail passes through a stand of conifers (1.3 miles).
From here, the trail scrambles up the ridge to Welch Mountain’s summit. Stop and take in the views from this rocky outcropping, or go on to your next destination, Dickey Mountain. Turn south from the Dickey Mountain summit and return to the parking area via the other side of the drainage.
Magnificent views from the welch-dickey loop trail (white
One of my favorite hikes is the loop over the Welch and Dickey Mountains, which is ideal for days when I want something easy and satisfying. The trail provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, exposed summits, and numerous open ledges and rock outcrops. The loop is just 4.5 miles long and gains around 1650 feet in elevation.
How to get there: Take Rt. 93 south for about ten minutes from the Notch Hostel to Exit 28 for Campton. Take NH-49 East to Upper Mad River Rd, then turn right onto Orris Rd and drive until you reach the trailhead parking lot. The Mad River, which runs through Waterville Valley, is paralleled by Rt. 49.
You come out of the woods here and have a lovely walk along Welch’s ledges. Along the bare rock, islands of unique soil and plants emerge. The fragile and rare species that live on these outcrop islands can take up to 400 years to grow.
Today’s hiking was ideal. Helen the yoga teacher, Gaylen and her dog, Debbie from Concord and her lab and pug, Webb the GoPro man, and Bill the skier were all wonderful to meet. Webb has a YouTube channel where he posts videos from all of his hikes. Here’s his video from today (with a great selection of music!):
Welch mountain / dickey moutain/welch dickey loop
Hikers can enjoy views from both Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain on the Welch–Dickey Loop, which is a perfect hike for all ages. While most hikers start at the top of Welch Mountain, you can choose your route from the big, paved parking area. The first viewpoint on the trail to Welch is a relatively easy climb, with stone steps and gradual grades.
On Welch Mountain, look for the jack pine, which is only found in four other locations in New Hampshire. After that, the trail alternates between steeper sections and accessible, granite slab sections for the rest of the way. These sections may not be suitable for small children, but older children, teenagers, and anyone who likes a little simple scrambling will be rewarded with views of the White and Green Mountains. During the summer, look for blueberries and wildflowers, and in September and October, enjoy the stunning fall foliage.
We assume that people who spend time outside do so for the betterment of society. It’s about more than just standing on the peak of a mountain. It’s all about nutrition and education. It’s all about safeguarding what keeps us alive. It’s all about forming bonds with the natural world and with one another.