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Welch - Dickey 52 WAV

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  • From WELCH DICKEY TRAILHEAD take a right on Mt. Welch path. The path soon cross a brook and follow the brook 0.5 miles upstream. It then turn into a large switchback and angles up towards a large flat open ledge at about 1.3 miles. This ledge has a beautiful view of Sandwich Dome in the background. From here is where the real climbing begins.

    From the open ledge follow the trail up the steeper open ledges of Mt. Welch. The difficulty borderlines class 2 in these sections. Among the ledge you are climb are stands of jack pine, which are rare and which typically grow when forest fires have removed competing trees. Other summits in New Hampshire with rare jack pine include Mt. Cardigan and Mt. Chocorua. Remeber to look back occasionally because this section as some exhilierating views. Continue on until you reach the summit of Mt. Welch (2,605'). On top on Mt. Welch is 360 panorama of Sandwich Mtn. and Mt. Tripyramid in the west, Mt. Dickey and Mt. Tecumseh in the north, Mt. Mooselauke and Carr Mtn. in the west and Plymouth Mtn. and Campton Mtn. as well as the town of Campton in the south. 

    The trail drops steeply over yellow blazes to a small col then rises at times steeply to the top of Mt. Dickey (2,734') 2.4 miles. On top of Mt. Dickey there is a side path that lead to a fine overlook of Mt. Tecumseh and Franconia Ridge. From the summit continue on the trail down at a moderate grade through many more open ledges, though these ledges are at much less a grade. At 3.2 miles you will encounter a very impressive drop off on your left. Though not dangerous if you stay towards the edge, use proper caution here. The view is impressive though. After this grand finale of ledge the trail then reenters the woods where it takes a moderate grade down for about a mile until it approaches an old logging road. Take a left on the logging and stay on the logging for 0.3 miles until you reach the parking lots.

    Distance: 4.4 miles

    Time: 5.5 Hours

    Starting Elevation: 1,060'

    Welch Summit Elevation: 2,605'

    Dickey Summit Elevation: 2,734'

    Elevation Gain Cumulative: 1,800'

    Type Of Hike: Loop

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Features: Summit Views, Ledges, Rock Scrambles

    Bring A Friend: Yes 1

    Dog Friendly: Sorry None On This Trip

    Special Equipment: No Cotton, No Sneakers, Wear Hiking Boots, 

    • Check Out This Very Cool Video

    Parking: at trailhead parking lot 
    If you use a car GPS, here are the parking lot coordinates (in degrees and minutes): 
     - Route 93 north to Exit 28 
     - Route 49 northeast (for 5.5 miles) 
     - Upper Mad River Road west (for 0.7 miles) 
     - Orris Road north (for 0.6 miles)

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  • Michael C.

    Just canceled this hike because of poor weather conditions, please see E-Mail sent for details. See ya at the next hike. :-(

    August 21, 2014

    • Charlotte V.

      This trip is wonderful during the fall foliage.

      August 21, 2014

  • Debra B.

    Hey Michael, I was told by a couple of avid hikers that this trail can be very slippery when wet, so let's hope it's gonna be dry tomorrow.

    August 21, 2014

  • Tom O.

    Michael, I need to bow out of this hike. My work is just not where it needs to be to take the day. My apologies for the late notice.

    August 21, 2014

  • Barbara C.

    Was planning to take the day off from work for this, as I live this hike, but it's looking like I can't - so someone else can take my spot. Sad to miss the hike: enjoy.

    August 20, 2014

  • diane c.

    I have to work this friday I will miss the group hope you have a wonderful time.

    August 20, 2014

  • Nancy Z.

    I am still going on this hike but my friend is not.

    August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very sorry to have to back out - having a problem with one knee

    August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've heard this is a treacherous hike if the trail is wet. What are the chances we're going to get rained out?

    August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael, I'm sorry to back out so late. I'd planned to take the day off from work but to much going on now to do that. Look forward to another one of your hikes!

    August 18, 2014

  • Jill M.

    Unfortunately I have to bag out - got a friend arriving from California for a short visit that day. See you all on another one.

    August 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Charlotte - I'll be at LL Bean at 8:30 am. I drive a silver 2003 Toyota Corolla.

    August 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on the wait list, this hike was suggested for me and I'm willing to take the Friday off from work if I can get on the "going" list. Is the LL Bean Parking Lot at Exit 14 in Concord?

    July 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't go, but this is my favorite NH hike, with so much time spent above the ridge line…enjoy!

    July 21, 2014

  • Charlotte V.

    I will be at LL Bean at 8:30 to carpool.

    July 21, 2014

  • Charlotte V.

    My favorite hike! Thanks for posting it.

    July 11, 2014

  • Ed C.

    I am not going, but this is beautiful hike. Just Do It!

    1 · July 10, 2014


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