Welch and Dickey Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thornton, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Intersection of SRs 175 & 49, NH: Travel east on SR 49 about 4.5 miles and turn left on Upper Mad River Road. Travel a short distance and turn right onto Orris Road. Follow Orris Road for .6 mile taking a right at the fork into a small parking lot. Trail begins there.
Great hike along a stream at lower elevations. Cliff views are great at Welches ledges
Tough but fun and beautiful views!
Just hiked the loop today after we got about 8 inches of snow. No one had been on the trail but us, it was a fantastic day. I do have to say we had some difficulty with the trail markings it was was not clearly marked a lot of the yellow markers were pretty faded so just bear that in mind. All in all a really fun hike that I highly recommend.
Went early over the weekend after a recent snowfall. Rock face going up to first peak was a bit icy and challenging, but manageable. Beautiful views throughout the hike. The way down was not as slippery which was a relief. Snowy on one side which was really pretty... even saw some bear tracks! Had a really nice time! Note there is a $3 parking fee for the parking lot, so bring some cash or a check.
This trail is fantastic. You cant get more bang for the buck on a short loop.
Fell in love with this hike! So beautiful and challenging!
This is a really great hike. We completed the loop with our dog in 2 hrs & 45 minutes. Absolutely breathtaking views for most of the hike. I will note that there are many steep areas of flat rock face that you must make it up to get to the next part of the trail. We hiked this the day after a rainy day and therefore, these surfaces were very slippery and a bit tricky, so just want to note that as something for others to keep in mind. Also, there may be some areas where you have to assist your dog as far as getting over & to the next part of the trail. Nothing major, but could be tricky if you have a big dog (we have a small Austrailian Shepherd).
Overall, a really great loop trail that was well worth it. Something for the books :)
I went in early August this year and it was beautiful! It gets steep but it is very worth it! I fell in love with this trail!
perfect fall weather with awesome foliage. trail was in very good condition. superb day.
Fun hike! We did the 4.4 mile loop which hits both peaks. Took about 3.5 hours for my girlfriend and I with many stops for pictures and water. Definitely some steep rocks to scale and climb where we needed to go on all fours, but nothing too strenuous.
Lots of amazing views along a good part of the trail. Great for foliage colors!
One of most incredible hikes we've ever done (and we live on the coast in CA). It's quite strenuous but if you're in shape or want to go slow it's no problem. There are very steep granite shelves that you climb up and down. We read everywhere that it's a 4-5 hour loop but we were able to do it in 2 hours and we stopped a few times. Go in Autumn!!! It's absolutely breathtaking (see our photos). Don't miss this if you're looking for an incredibly scenic hike in the White Mountains.
One side note: get there early. If you arrive late on a fall weekend day, you'll see a line of cars for 0.5mi or so. It's worth it, don't give up!