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My daughter and I completed the Welch-Dickey Loop trail this past weekend, and I have to say that the views are well worth the effort it takes to complete the loop. We followed the trail in a counter-clockwise loop, as others have suggested. The first peak is Welch Mt., which gives great 360 views from the peak, but also great views at many intervals after you clear the trees at about 1.2 miles in. The second peak, Dickey Mt., offers great views looking North, but also great views looking back at Welch Mt. The descent from Welch Mt. to the valley between the the two mountains is a little steep at points, but nothing outrageous. Although rated moderate, I was a little more winded than I have been on other trails marked moderate, especially on the smooth bare-faced rock that seemed to keep ascending forever. It took us 3 hrs., with occasional breaks.

My husband and I hiked this trail a few days ago and loved it. We hiked counter clockwise as suggested. The views are plentiful and amazing. I would say this is rated moderate for a White Mountain hike but it is more challenging compared to some other hikes I have done that were rated moderate. It is well worth the effort!

Even in the rain and fog, this was a little gem of a hike. On the easy side of moderate. Will definitely return in sunny weather for the views.

it was rainy so had no view at the top, but the woods were absolutely beautiful to hike through. I would definitely do this one again.

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2 days ago

did this with my 7 yr and my 69yr old mother. I am not even close to fit and it took us 2 hours to summit (with a 30min break for lunch and pictures) and about another hour to get to the south cliffs and back. GO TO THE SOUTH CLIFFS! It is the best views of the hike. took us under an hour to come down. It is quite steep so poles would have been good.

this was one fun/tough hike. the scramble is hard and long but 360 views most of the way up. definitely go counterclockwise and this is about a 4.5mi hike.

Gorgeous view and well marked trail. We made it in two hours and fifty minutes with couple short breaks. Saw some trees with yellowish hue in the valley. This gives the hint that revisiting the trail in fall will be better.

Couldn’t say enough about how enjoyable this hike was. The views were so rewarding, especially for only being a moderate hike, and you get them ascending and descending as much of the climb is on bald granite with open spaces. 4.4 miles, took us about 2 hours.

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3 days ago

Fun family trip with just the right mix of fun and challenge. Some steep and rocky parts but nothing too tough. I saw people of all ages - from young families with parents carrying babies in packs, to teens and seniors. Nice brook running up the side of the trail at some parts. Nice view st the summit. Can be a bit busy - not the trail you want if you prefer solitude. Well marked. Done with a 10 and 12 yr old, and 4 month old puppy. Nice canopy of trees to shine away the elements.

Nice hike. Some erosion damage on the trail and some jerk flattened the cairn at the top. Cairn fixed and hope the jerk that took it apart gets poison ivy in some horrible places. The views were awe inspiring and could not have been better weather! Our kids handled it without issue.

was a nice hike up today. under the canopy of the trees, air temp/humidity not bad for our group of 5 to make it in about an hour. the kids did fine, though one thought it was more steep than she expected. a great day

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5 days ago

Went with my mom on a too warm day. Hopped over a river and a down tree. The top is pretty steep with slabs of rock. Can be slippery. Not many people on the trail. Very nice views! Blueberries scattered throughout.

A pleasant hike. Previous reviews are correct, rocky terrain early on, and great views of the lakes near the summit. Recent rains made the early trail section muddy and buggy, but not enough to be a consideration.

I'm in love love love with this trail. Just one of the best in the Whites. Definitely a moderate trail and definitely do not attempt when wet or shortly after. Hiking boots are a major plus. Prepare for bald faces and a few rock scrambles. If you have a fear of heights or open spaces, this might not be for you. If you see blue blazes on the Dickey decent, turn around and find the yellow blazes to your right, from this direction. Blue blazes take you 11 miles out of your way from the parking lot. We saw blue and I had read to stop and go back so I'm reposting for others. Needs new yellow blazes at this spot especially!

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7 days ago

First off....there was nothing “easy” about this hike. But, with that said, it was a fun beautiful hike with amazing views. Had to cross a brook by jumping from rock to rock (and not falling). Some steep parts that can be slippery when wet. Not many people there. Had the summit to myself. All in all, great hike!

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7 days ago

Took the trail behind the visitor center to the left. Hiked up 1.6 miles expecting to reach the top. At the end of the 1.6 miles there was another Mt Williard sign for .5 or .6 miles. With sunset coming I did not have the time for the extra leg. This website either needs better directions to the trailhead or to update the hike the 4.4 miles.

Really enjoyed this trail-views were incredible and and there was enough challenge and altitude gain without being too long. It is actually 4.4 Miles and took me 3 hours to complete.

Good hike, some really good views along the way. The trails are very poorly blazed and found myself having to refer to my GPS very often which was annoying. Italian Trail would be the easier route up if you plan on doing this as a loop. I went up Italian Trail and took Shaw mountain trail down. Overall it was 7.3 miles and a very good workout.

We hiked this with our 3 year old. He walked some but majority of the time was in the backpack. Hike was great with awesome views. However several spots weren’t marked that great...you have to watch closely. Also, some spots were pretty steep to be hiking with child in pack.

Great hike! It was rated as moderate (*I see now, 24 hours later that it’s rated as hard) and it definitely was challenging. The views from the top are amazing! The ascent was tough- took us about 2 hours and 45 minutes. It had rained a few times, so the descent was slippery, even with poles. All in all it was 6 miles round trip.

Moderately steep. Very isolated trail. No views at all if you don’t continue to the ledges / summit.

Our friends bravely recommended this hike and we blindly accepted. Ha. Having been from Florida , and never hiking elevation it was a challenge for our 55 year old bodies. But I would definitely do it again as the views were spectacular. First time hiking bald granite. New Hampshire is a beautiful state!

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12 days ago

Definitely a family friendly hike on a well marked, gently sloping trail. Easy for even young children or seniors to climb. Beautiful views of the notch from the top.

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13 days ago

Love this! Amazing views make for a perfect spot for lunch.

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13 days ago

We were unsure if our Fiat would make it to the trail head, but the roads weren't bad! Once at the trail head, we chose to go up Coot Trail. It was a steep and rocky climb to the top, but the tree coverage kept us shaded and cooler. Once we got to the top, we were greeted by the fire tower and beautiful views. The climb up wasn't easy, but the payoff was worth it. There's a path nearish to the picnic table on the right-hand side that leads to a ledge with some great views. If you're not afraid of heights, you can also climb the fire tower for more amazing views. We took the Bobcat Trail back down. It was definitely much more wet and slick than Cooter Trail. The rocks are abundant and slippery, so take caution as it's a steep descent. It was nice, however, to be able to try both trails!

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13 days ago

Nice hike! Fairly easy to do, while still being a fraction of a challenge due to the mountains steepness. I think the views offered are a little minimal however.

Stunningly beautiful hike. Gorgeous forest trails(Weetamoo Trail was especially nice). My threesome hiked the day after 2 days of heavy rains which we thought would be a much bigger problem. Some of the granite face was slippery but over all not as soggy as expected. Will agree with some other reviewers, trail markings can be sporadic. Summit was unfortunately crowded, which I understand considering the awesome 360° views. If you take the Carter Ridge trail as your ascent plan on less then 1mph. ~Get lost!.....go hiking

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14 days ago

So much fun and the view is to die for !

Great hike with an amazing view.

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