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Fairly long trail with a couple sections of arduous paths but the view was SO worth it! If you just stay on the path and push through you’ll soon be met by a stunning view of the harbor!

Left the trailhead at 8am. Ascended Welch first, counterclockwise, and found that the loop as mentioned by others was definitely the easier direction. I'd note that for an easier single summit, you'd probably want to go up Dickey alone, clockwise. Descending Welch is more challenging. I had a first time hiker with me, and they found the Welch ledges intimidating and challenging.

The reward is panoramic views from the peak of Welch, and near panaromic views around Dickey's. You can pretty much see it all from up there!

Easy pace, and lots of sightseeing saw us at 5 hours for the whole loop. A few tough scrambles and steep spots but otherwise easy to moderate trail!

This loop totaled out at 5.7 miles rather than 4.7. We took the Morgan trail up and followed the loop clockwise to the Percival trail.

Coming down the Percival trail is steep and very rocky, and might be better described as a Harder trail for some folks.

Overall, a great hike with some great payoff views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains, but not one to sneeze at.

Great workout. Some climbing up boulders. Views are beautiful! Lots of mushrooms along the way. Some trees down in spots.

great time walking this one well marked also

WOW. what a trail. the best ever. However, it should have been rated as hard ( due to the VERY slippery granit rocks and the high climbing). We were family with 12, 15 years kids. It took us 3.20 hours with occasional breaks. The view is amazing! and the climbing is really worthy.Very recoomended to families with older kids (which are not very young and are experienced in hiking). In our opinion its not recommended for dogs. Very enjoyable trail.!!
VERY IMPORTANT:Pay attention to do the loop- counter clockwise

Nice hike with a great view. Yellow trail is easier for those looking for an easier ascent, but those looking for a bit more of a challenge should ascent using blue trail as it has some steeper rocks. I wouldn't suggest going down blue trail but its doable.

Beautiful hike! We took the yellow trail up but starting from the Uncas Rd trailhead. That is not mapped here but is shown on the trail brochure that you can get from the Inlet information center. The summit has amazing views especially north to the high peaks region. We followed the loop and took the blue trail down until we merged back to the yellow trail and finished the loop back to Uncas Rd. We didn’t record it but I believe this adds some distance to the hike. The lower loop back to Uncas is peaceful with hardly any other hiking traffic. Bring lots of water and wear good shoes. This was our favorite hike of our trip!

Fantastic. I summited on a Wednesday in August, began at 10 am and was back to my car by 1:00 pm, though I stopped for a fairly long time along the way. My favorite part is that once you get to the top of Welch, Dickey mountain is only like .4 miles away, and you can clearly see the mountain you're about the climb, which is really cool. Spectacular views all along, but first mile is through underbrush, and not very steep. Trail was marked fairly well, I didn't have too much of a problem finding the yellow lines on the rocks that direct you.

As a warning, I wouldn't call this a moderate trail, more "hard". I'm 21 years old and fairly in shape. Although the trail isn't too long, there are some extremely steep sections that some children and older people simply won't be able to do.

Wonderful experience! During the loop, take the Cadillac Cliffs trail, which merges back after a stretch, for little caves and a small scramble. Lots of interesting geology and great views. Kids loved it. Would do again.

This mountain has taken a beating, as evidenced by the large number of downed trees, several still on the path. Comparing to other hikes in the area, I’d judge the effort more as conditioning, than for the quality of the surroundings. There is an interesting boulder ‘graveyard’ not far from the fork, and the trail forces you to enjoy the entire summit. Some bugs, and very few other hikers. Recent rains kept the trails wet. There is one very exposed section of trail near the top- a 4’ wide path 10-15 steps long, that will challenge those with sensitivity to heights.

Fantastic trail! The ascent up Champlain offered nice views, followed by an awesome view of the coast from the summit. On the the way down to The Bowl there were plenty of delicious wild blueberries. Once we got past The Bowl and to The Beehive, there were huge crowds of slow-moving flip-flop wearing people trying to get up the Beehive for the photo op. I ascended and got down as soon I could and found a nice spot for a swim in The Bowl to cool down. Back up Champlain and to the car was easy, although it was quite hot and there’s a lot of hiking in the sun! Overall was great.

Very nice view. Steep near the summit. Enjoyed a family hike in about 6 hours with kids from 8 to 14.

Kid friendly, dog friendly, incredible views! Crowded, but not unreasonably so for a weekend, and everyone was friendly. A few spots where lifting my dog was necessary, but probably could have navigated differently.

3 days ago

Our first All Trails hike and review. This was challenging for this family of five, but no regrets. I would not recommend for anyone who is in very bad shape or with heart or severe back issues. We took 2.5 hours but I’m sure fitness hikers could do it in half that time. We parked on Route 102 and parked along the road near the small Echo Lake lot (toilet shack right there!). Trailhead lot is on east side of road. Beautiful views of Somes Sound. Even though you might be loathe to climb down to the waterside, take the well marked down and back trail just after the Man O War creek. We missed the MOW waterfall into the water, so research this so you don’t follow suit. The fire road trail back to the road was dull, but welcomingly easy.

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

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.

This hike was great! I went with my family of 6 with my husband and kids ages 12, 10, 7, and 4 months old. We hiked along the beach starting at the sand beach parking lot. We climbed on the cliffs. Then we went up the gorham mountain trail. We took the cliff path and loved it! The top of the gorham mountain is beautiful.

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.

Great hike, but be sure to come early (~9:00AM) or it is a zoo. The Directions (GPS coordinates) take you to the Sand Beach P lot, from where you take the Ocean Trail (pleasant stroll) past Thunderhole (a zoo) to the Gorham trail P lot (small, no bathrooms) and trailhead. The hike up is moderately strenuous with a few mini rock climbs and ‘gorges’ that are good fun for older kids (e.g., young teens). The terrain is pretty rocky overall, we found our hiking boots and poles helpful. Great views across the top of the mountain. The descend (or climb, depending which way you come) on the other end of the mountain, closer to Bowl trail, is less steep and offers a few trail extensions or shortcuts depending on your interests and stamina. The Bowl trail end was very crowded, lots of ppl getting started, by the time we got there and finished our hike (12:00 PM).

Absolutely beautiful and so worth it. The views are AMAZING. I recommend packing a lunch and taking your time to enjoy the scenery.
Make sure you wear good shoes! Some rocks were slick.

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.

a great hike, we got there early and didn't encounter very many people. our decent was met with a few more people. We brought our doberman who did great both up and down. The summit was more difficult (more rock than trail) than the first 2/3 of the trail, but well worth it. Bugs weren't too bad

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.

Great 3 hour hike. Recommend heading towards Frankenstein cliffs first. Steep climb through shaded area that pops you out onto gorgeous outlooks. It had just rained a day prior to this climb so Arethusa falls was going strong. There are a lot of side paths to other falls and small pools, so if you have time to explore, you could easily make this into a full half day hike.

I started at the Champlain Mountain Ridge trail parking lot and took the bus to Sand Beach. I then went up the Beehive Trail and up Champlain Mountain from the South side. The trail is beautiful but is very exposed. The ascent up the Beehive was not very difficult in my opinion, however I am an experienced north-east hiker and a mildly experienced rock climber. The Bowl was an excellent picture spot, and the ascent up Champlain Mountain gave excellent views to the South, including the Bowl, The Beehive, and Gorham Mountain. The summit of Champlain is spacious and gives wide views of the surrounding mountains and water as well as the town of Bar Harbor. The summit quickly gets crowded as there are many trails that intersect nearby.

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