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Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

HARD 745 reviews

Welch and Dickey Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thornton, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,751 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

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.

8 hours ago

March 31st had great conditions. The packed down trail was blown in at the peaks, first climb of the day, which made for an interesting post holing moment until I put on my snow shoes. A couple of small icy patches but nothing microspikes or snowshoes can't manage.
It's a worthy winter hike for anyone who doesn't want to spend 3 months indoors.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Hiked last Saturday with a few friends. Crampons were necessary. Very icy toward top of Welch. A nice lookout on the way up. Dickey had the best views. One of the people in my group thought it would be a good idea to butt slide down the summit of Dickey. He almost fell off the mountain. Please don’t hike in the wintertime without crampons. Even if you don’t need them, it’s better to be prepared. Views were awesome. Round trip was about 3.5 hours. Could’ve made better time, but we weren’t in any hurry.

4 days ago

Trail conditions remain the same as Britts previous post. Definitely recommend crampons for some of the more exposed icy sections on Welch.

hiking
rocky
snow
6 days ago

Great late winter hike with awesome views for not much work. Micro spikes or crampons a must as still full winter conditions with lots of ice and packed snow on the steeper sections of the trail.

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Really fun day trip! Pretty easy with the snow although I would recommend poles! Beautiful views but didn’t see any wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Sunday 2/17/19; used micro spikes with no problems; icy section descending Welch towards Dickey; beautiful conditions and pretty ice formations descending Dickey

1 month ago

Spectacular views. Highly recommend going up Welch and down Dickey due to granite on Welch. Always one of our favorites!

Icy

off trail
1 month ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike as an intro to snow hiking in the white mountain. Micro spikes were absolutely necessary. Be prepared with extra layers and freezing temps. Amazing views and fun trail. Looking forward to this hike in warmer temps.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike!! Trails are hard packed with ice, traction is a must!. My hillsounds made easy work of the ledges. Some mixed conditions (ice and rock) going up Welch. I did run into a group that turned around because they couldn’t get purchase safely with their traction (yax and katahoulas).
The saddle in between the 2 is packed nicely. Beautiful views!! Will be hiking this again.

2 months ago

I have always LOVED this hike! Great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this with a summer camp. Really fun, not challenging. There is a cliff at one point but you don't have to go near the edge. Steep rock face to climb but I was fine in hiking boots. Took five hours with slow frequently stopping camp group. Would probably take four hours with a frequently stopping but well paced group. (done somepoint in July)

4 months ago

I’ve done this hike a few times. Gone with kids ages 8 and up during May in New England. May flies prohibit a great hike during this month as they’re everywhere.

The trail however is an incredible family adventure with challenges up a somewhat flat and steep incline. Slow and steady and the kids find the challenges once traversed as monumental achievements.

Beautiful scenery and skyline views and surprisingly little traffic.

Makes for a full day adventure where you can stop numerous times for water, potty, feeding breaks.

I suggest plenty of water and healthy snacks in a medium travel pack. The more people the merrier this will be in your group.

5 months ago

I love the challenge. going up was a challenge but going down was rough. the hardest part was the rock climbing. be prepared to climb up that mountain with all your limbs, otherwise you'll have to turn back and not able to make the loop. be sure to have good shoes or hiking boots on during the autumn season because the leaves may be a bit slippery.

hiking
5 months ago

Views for days! This took us about 6 hours because we kept stopping to appreciate where we were - a new favorite!

5 months ago

Great hike! The views are beautiful due to the 360 degrees. The day we hiked it was a bit slippery so hiking boots were necessary due to extremely large boulders/earth. We got lost a few times due to unclear trail heads. Overall fun day in the woods!

hiking
5 months ago

If you enjoy rocky climbs this is without a doubt, one of the best hikes around. Not that difficult, and great views. Easily one of my favorites.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views! One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
5 months ago

Our group of 4 (young adults) completed the 4.4 mile trail in around 3.5 hours.. stopping only for a few spectacular views! It was snowing on the ascent, so the slippery rock slowed us down considerably. We had a great time!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this with our 7 and 4 year old boys today! Far more challenging than we anticipated with the rock climbs but the boys did great and the views were amazing!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a beautiful loop hike where much of the trail is on bald faced rock. I’ve done this twice: summer & fall (today), and it was equally spectacular each day. Hike the loop counterclockwise as there’s much more rock face to navigate on the back end, and doing that on the decent is just safer. After only 1 mi of hiking, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Whites. This hike is also closer to 5 miles, based on my technology. The yellow blazes are faded here and there. But, you’ll find them, no worries. Enjoy it!! It’s quite memorable.

5 months ago

My husband and I hiked this today. Took us exactly 3 hours. It rained on and off and even snowed when we got to the top. It was a slippery hike, but we made it! Definitely recommend this hike (especially on a drier day)!

hiking
5 months ago

Day started with trepidation. We arrived on the scene - will it rain? Will it not? We don’t know! We’ll find out... we prepare for the worst and decide to leave the rain jackets behind. We embark.

The trees drip with condensation, yet we are not perturbed. Splashes of green and yellow fill the palette that is our world. The brooding skies threatened to soak us to the bone. Yet, we persisted, and were rewarded with a vast expanse of fruit loop vistas.

Blue skies beckon us to the summit, where we snack on a mediocre clementine. Onward still the yellow trees led us to the precipice of the valley below. We drank in views of the forest ablaze with color.

Over the horizon, the storm approaches. There’s only one thing to do: eat our sandwiches from Cafe Rustico (delicious).

We press on stay ahead of the threatening skies. What’s that in the distance? The parking lot - we’ve arrived! A celebration ensues by finishing the second half of our sandwiches from Cafe Rustico (also delicious).

In summary, great hike. Slippery rock, but manageable. Colorful leaves, bring a sweatshirt.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome views. Went in the fall, although foggy, you could see all the wonderful foliage around. Took us about 4 - 5 hours with a lunch break. A spots were not well marked, but there's so many hikers that its easy to find your way. Fun and mildly challenging. Solid day hike!

5 months ago

foliage over Columbus day weekend did not disappoint! it varies throughout the whole 360 degree hike but there were definately breathtaking moments seeing the peak fruit loop foliage part of nh overlayed with moderate foliage in the foreground. don't turn back after the first viewpoint! go to the peak and go down mt dickey... you'll be surprised! we went on a slightly wet day but with shoes and lay low climbing those Rock slabs.. you'll be fine.

5 months ago

Beautiful foliage today! Harder to find some of the yellow blazes because of the yellow leaves and some leaves on the trail. About 2 hours (hiking only, extra time to enjoy the views) to do the loop, counterclockwise. Bring an extra layer if you plan to take in the views and foliage! It was windy at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Took about just under two hours to do the whole loop not including stopping time at the peaks. Pretty quick pace both up and down. Very steep on flat rock towards the top but the views are beyond worth it. Overall moderate challenge and great hike for not being in the notch.

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