Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

MODERATE 343 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1807 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
19 minutes ago

Really fun trail. Definitely challenging areas without being too much. It took about 3.5 hours to complete plus we hung out at the top for a while to take in the amazing views! Love the fact that it's a loop so you can see different views along the way. Had lots of different terrain that kept it exciting. The trail was pretty easy to follow but had to search for it a few times- make sure to stay on the yellow trail! Also, make sure to bring sunscreen if it's a sunny day!

hiking
50 minutes ago

Really great hike! Easy to find the trail head, relatively easy to follow the trail through. There were a couple parts where markers have faded heavily and are hard to find. Took us about 3 hours start to finish. Dogs can be off leash here (as long in voice control), as opposed to the description above. I highly recommend this!

hiking
1 day ago

Moderate hike with some steep inclines,electronic device measured 5 miles total, counterclockwise. As stated, the views are astounding throughout the hike. Many beautiful vistas, rocks and opportunities to relax and enjoy. Highly recommended. Dry conditions preferable.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is on the difficult side of moderate. It's mentally as well as physically challenging, because the terrain changes frequently and often times you have to strategize before you know how to best move up. As others have mentioned, do yourself a favor and hike counter-clockwise. I can't imagine hiking down one of the giant rock slabs if you do it the other way. Poles would be helpful for this one. A very rewarding, beautiful, varied trail.

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8 days ago

Flat rock faces out in the open provide outnumbered views for the short length of the hike.

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14 days ago

Amazing views,
challenging at times. did this with my wife and our 8 year old daughter.
well worth it, looking forward to doing it again!

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17 days ago

Fantastic Ramble/Hike! I loved the constant views from the top. I will definitely be back!

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20 days ago

After all the rain on Sunday this was still a great hike! Beautiful views on the way up, strenuous at times. Will 100% be back!!