Orris Rd, Thornton, NH
Hike: Welch/Dickey Loop (Intermediate)
Total Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: approximately 1700 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Pace: Slow to Moderate
Time: 4-5 hours
Hike Description: The Welch and Dickey hike is a loop trail which we will hike in a counterclockwise direction. From the parking lot we first summit Welch (2605 feet) and then Dickey (2736 feet) and finally return to the parking area. There are superb views of the Mad River Valley to Sandwich Mountain as well as excellent views of Franconia Notch.
After the hike, we can head to the Mad River Tavern for food & cheer if the group is interested?.
Directions: From I-93 in Campton, NH take exit 28 onto Route 49 north toward Waterville Valley. Drive about 5.3 miles on Route 49. Turn left onto Upper Mad River Road immediately crossing the Mad River on Six Mile Bridge. Continue 0.7 miles, then turn right on Orris Road (there is a small sign reading Welch Mountain Trail). Follow Orris road for 0.6 miles to a parking area on the right at the trailhead.
Parking Fee: $3 per vehicle or a WMNF Parking Pass
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