Welch-Dickey Loop

Just 1 1/2 hours from Boston, Waterville Valley offers some great hiking opportunities. For this 9:30 A.M. start you get to sleep in a little longer and have a easy / moderate hiking adventure climbing two peaks:

Welch-Dickey Loop (2605 & 2734)
Eighty percent of the trail features great views, a rarity in the wooded Northeast. Its one of those modest effort-great reward hikes.

Route Level:
Easy/Moderate

Trail:
We will make the loop counter-clockwise to allow for an easier return trip. From the trail head parking on Orris Road, we will follow the trail to the right, toward Welch Mountain. We will start heading uphill after about half a mile, then traverse flat, open ledges, amidst scrubby jack pine and dwarf birch, to reach the summit of Welch and views of Mad River and Campton Meadows. Note: a few rock scrambles will be encountered on this section. We will then drop back into the woods before continuing up and over more exposed ledge to the summit of Dickeys summit. After a great ridge walk, with one stunningly sheer drop-off, we will descend to a logging road for the final hike out.

Time/Distance:
4.5-mile loop, We will take are time to enjoy the views, eat, take pictures and just have fun.

Weather Note:
Rain can cancel this hike. Rock slabs can be slippery when wet, so if you sign up, please keep in touch. We want to safely hike the many open slab crossings found on the Mt. Welch & Mt. Dickey Loop.


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  • David O.

    Thanks for the great hike everyone! It was a great day!

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry. I'm not feeling very well. Going to stay home today. Have fun.

    October 28, 2012

  • Leslie

    Hi everyone...a family issue came up and so I have to cancel at the last minute, hopefully someone else can take advantage. Have a great hike!

    October 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leslie did you get my email?

    October 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      It looks like its only windy tomorrow.

      October 27, 2012

    • Leslie

      I live in Brookline, but I can get a ride to Newton. Should I call to arrange the time and place?

      October 27, 2012

  • David O.

    I'm leaving from Wakefield in the morning with room for people. Also keeping an eye on the weather it says cloudy w/ showers now.

    October 26, 2012

  • Leslie

    I'd love a ride.

    October 22, 2012

    • Leslie

      Glen--When and where should I meet you? I don't have any winter hiking stuff yet so I am hoping we won't need it.

      October 26, 2012

    • Leslie

      Hey Glen. When and where should I meet you? I don't have any winter hiking stuff yet so I am hoping this is low enough we won't need it.

      October 26, 2012

  • Andrew*

    I'd like to join, but there is no spots left.

    October 22, 2012

  • Leslie

    Does anyone know whether dogs are permitted on this hike?

    October 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can use a ride if anyone is driving through the Lowell area.

    October 22, 2012

  • Leslie

    Definitely!

    October 22, 2012

  • Leslie

    I live in Brookline but can happily get myself to Newton.

    October 22, 2012

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