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22 hours ago

It's an easy, short hike with decent changes of scenery and a nice view from the firetower and an overlook at the top. I encountered few people on the trail on a summer Saturday, but quite a lot of feces, seemingly both human and dog. Pretty disgusting and more than I'd ever encountered on a trail before.

I've hiked just about every major mountain in Vermont and this is by far the toughest. It might not be the highest elevation gain or the longest hike, but from the parking lot to the summit this trail goes unrelenting up at a steep incline. The second half of the trail goes up nearly 3/4 of the elevation gain over just one mile. The views are incredible and 360 degrees, just get ready to sweat to earn this one!

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!

Going up was a workout, but to me it got a little easier once I made it to the springs. Not really any lookout points as you’re going up, but some great views at the top. Going down was super fast.

Great mushroom finds this year! Since we had tons of rain, a bit muddy going but nice to see the brooks and creeks filled and flowing.

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.

Great hike all-around. Impeccably maintained, well-marked, and plenty of overflow parking. Only disappointment was the crowd at the top that had driven up from the toll road. The view was a bit better from the Summit than the overlook, but definitely more solitude. There's also a spring about halfway up to cool down at. Challenging but not brutal.

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.

Some rate this as a moderately difficult hike, some as a difficult hike. Let’s say it’s moderately difficult. As with any hike when you gain roughly 1000 ft. per mile, you have to work. The upper part will require some hand over foot climbing over over some dramatic outcroppings. Efforts are rewarded by probably the best views of any mountain in Vermont, as you have views, just to the west, of Vermont’s loftiest range, Mt Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, etc. In fact you have the most expansive view of virtually all of the major mountains in the Green Mountain range. Not to mention, just to the east, views of many of the western White mountains.

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.

My 15 yr old son and I walked this approximately 10mi hike in 5.5 hrs with time to enjoy the views and rest stops along the way. It was a great hike, just challenging enough for us both. It had rained and the trail was muddy and slippery. There are a few streams to cross and a lot of scrambling on steep rocks near the top. The elevation gains were doable, slow and steady increase to the top. We lost the trail a few times in the second half too but our phone GPS worked up there and helped us out. There were very few people on the trail, and we accidentally disturbed a great horned owl. I highly recommend this hike.

Cool trail, not so hard , great view!!

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!

hiking
7 days ago

Nice trail had a great time. I have a bad knee so it slow coming down due to the rocks in trail, but had nice time

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.

The views!! Standing at the top you can see New York, Canada, and New Hampshire. Once at the top you have 360* views. Trails starts off a little easy but the closer you get to the top the more rocky it is.

Steep hike with faster elevation gain. Totally worth the views on top. Very little crowd thanks to the hot day and yesterday’s rain. Bring water and snacks as people mentioned earlier.. loved the hike and the views

Headed up after a torrential rain the evening before. Trail was solid and well drained for first two-thirds - graded and small gravel underfoot. Took a head dip in the Spring - a must. Then headed up the narrower rougher last section. Here it was just a river from all the high mountain springs. Need the trail crew with picks and shovels to put in 25-30 sluices. I built a few with my bare hands which helped but gave up a half mile from the summit. Turned away about 100 hikers on way back - the trail was completely impassable.

one of the high peaks in VT, she is magnificent

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!

This is a challenging hike through varied terrain and environments with a tremendous payoff at the summit with beautiful views across the Green Mountains. You climb through a lovely deciduous forest up a meandering trail before a nice walk through the alpine along the ridge with stunning 360 degree views over the Green Mountains of northern Vermont. Truly a must do for any serious hiker looking for a taste of Vermont’s natural beauty.

The rating on this trail is not overblown though and I would recommend it only to very experienced hikers and would caution that even experienced hikers could run into difficulties on the more technical pitches in wet conditions. The vast majority of the trail follows a path of naked granite. With this in mind I would strongly recommend starting the loop on the Maple Ridge side as that half of the loop has the most challenging granite faces to negotiate going up and those are even more challenging when tired and going down. Be aware also of the fairly significant time commitment required. It is only a 15km loop including the out and back to the summit, but it does some time to navigate everything the trail throws at you. This last time it took me 4 hours hiking alone and moving fast. They recommend 6-9 hours at the ranger station.


Enjoy!

Great trail but poorly marked! Definitely needs a touch up of yellow dots

Great views and enough climbing and bouldering of rocks to find challenging. Decently marked but there are spots where on the rock the markings are a bit faded

Excellent trail! The rocks were a bit wet after the rain, which made it a bit slippery but still incredible. Great views! 3 hours and 50 minutes roundtrip with two brief breaks.

Lots of great lookouts and views

The directions took us to the additional parking lot which is about .2 miles from the start of the trail. If you continue past the additional parking you come to the actual parking lot but there is limited spacing.

Hike was steep but the terrain wasn’t difficult. The hike up and down alone is about 6.2 miles without a stop at the extra lookouts.Took two experienced hikers about 3 hours round trip with about a half hour stop at the top submit. There was an observation building at the submit that has clean bathrooms.

Great view at the top! Would recommend for moderate to advance hikers.

Almost all vertical hiking. but it is well worth it. gorgeous view at the top.

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