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    Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop Trail

    Grafton County, New Hampshire
    Distance4.1mi
    Elevation Gain3,805ft
    Trailhead Elevation1,053ft
    Top2,728ft
    Elevation Min/Max1049/2728ft
    Elevation Start/End1053/1053ft

    Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop Trail

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    Lowell, MA
    Adventurer | 471 pts
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    5/28/2013
    Very nice hike for the first one this year. It was well marked. Great for dogs. Wyler did it with no issues. Fairly easy and a great view from the tops.
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    Hooksett, NH
    Pathfinder | 155 pts
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    5/16/2010
    Probably my favorite hike in NH. Well maintained and marked. Decent elevation gains. Great views for most on the hike. Perfect length for a day hike!
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    New Milford, CT
    Pathfinder | 62 pts
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    7/20/2009
    Great trail for less active hikers. Total of 4.5 miles, 2 peaks, and a great payoff at the top. The last half mile and whole top of the Welch side is all rock ledges. Great views, sun, and a wonderful breeze. I grew up in New Hampshire, and have hiked many 4000+ft mountains, but this is still my favorite.
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    Highland, NY
    Pathfinder | 106 pts
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    8/30/2008
    The wildcat river trail is good for people looking for a gentel walk through the woods. With a total elev. gain of 700ft you will not break into a sweat to many times. there are a total of 12 river crossings, if it has been raining a lot you may not be able to get across. but in normal weather there is just 1 or 2 hard crossings. This trail is not good for childern, there is a lot of jumping, and a lot of deep long mud pits on the trail that you will have to walk around. There are no senic overlooks, but very nice rivers and woodlands. We saw manyu moose tracks / droppings but no moose. I rated this trail 4 stars because it was what I was looking for, the 6.8 miles took us about 6hrs (we took our time.) The hardest river crossing is at mile 0.6, you then have to cross the same river again at mile 6.1 at the same spot. I came out dry, my friend had a wet foot. Age 26 and 27.
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    Halifax, MA
    Trailblazer | 623 pts
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    8/14/2007
    Excellent trail, the ascent of Welch mountain over the granite was fabulous and the views are spectacular! I would definitely make sure you make this climb on a dry day as the granite can be very slippery when wet. I took 17 people onthis hike with me ranging in age from 4 years old to 68 years old. I challenged the majority of them but everyone although tired where very excited to have accomplished the loop.
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    Brookline, MA
    Adventurer | 360 pts
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    5/21/2007
    Small trail that packs a good punch. Huge rock sections that put on a good leg burn. Great view. Loops back quickly to the parking lot. Great day hike from the Boston area.
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    Gilmanton, NH
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    9/7/2002

    One of the benefits of Welch/Dickey has to be the fact that the drive to the trailhead is substantially shorter than many of the other hikes in the Whites. Probably best explored on a breezy fall day, the loop offers quick access to wilderness views and extensive ledge walking. After the first half hour, expect to be fully exposed to sun, heat, wind or rain. Not a lot of water (except a brook near the trailhead).

    My first experience with this trail was on a partly sunny September afternoon. Perfect for foliage views contrasting the red brush along the ledges. I felt a spiritual boost and enjoyed the occasional vertical scramble. Worst part? Sharing the trail with a bus-load of school children, many of whom were very much challenged by the climb, proved a bit cramped at times. Still, despite the occasional crowd, I came home with a renewed energy, lots of great fall foliage photos, and that good ache of a physical work-out.
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    New Boston, NH
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    11/4/2001
    Just having moved here to New Hampshire from Philadelphia, we were excited about our first "Climb". We choose Welch & Dickey based on the short loop and description on this web page. The hike starts off going up, and you go up and up. We should have warmed up and stretched prior to starting. The hike was exciting and had unbeiveable views. When you think your at teh top, you look up and there is more. It took us a little over three hours. On the way we passed (and we were passed) by couples in their 70's and then kids with their paraents that were only 8 - 10. We are going to go back now with the camera since the views are great. We will pack a lunch. If you have any questions, give me an email. We are new to the area, but plan next spring to hike every weekend and accomplish as many trails in NH as possible!
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    Trail Information

    Grafton County
    Nearby City
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    White Mountain National Forest, 603-536-6100, www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
    Local Contacts
    USGS Waterville Valley quad; AMC White Mountain National Forest Map & Guide, K5 (AMC)
    Local Maps

    Trail Log