Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

MODERATE 399 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.

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9 days ago

This is definitely a difficult trail. A mile of ledge!
Do Not attempt in bad weather, rain, or ice. This is definitely a beautiful Hike filled with wonder and beauty one sight after another!!

10 days ago

Great views. Did this with my 9 year old, 11 year old, and two dogs. Challenging enough, for all of us; but would definitely not want to do it if there was ice on the rock slabs (there are several). Would highly recommend for families who are want approximately 4 hours outdoors.

hiking
13 days ago

Great views, open slabs of rock, not too hard, not too easy, this trail is a favorite for many. I would definitely do this trail again but not on a weekend. It gets very crowded on the weekend.

This is one of my all time favorite trails! I am not gonna lie, you earn every view but the effort is well worth it. Going counter clockwise is the way to go. Can be treacherous in wet or icy conditions because of all the bald faces, rock scrambles are many but the pine groves are awesome. Do this trail, it is awesome!

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21 days ago

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24 days ago

If you’re an experienced hiker, this is an amazing loop. There are incredible views with great climbing opportunities and interesting geological features. It’s advertised by All Trails and by many locals as moderate but only the first section to the Welch peak is that. After that, it gets difficult! There are lots of steep inclines and descents. If you have less experienced hikers with you, consider calling it quits after the Welch overlook.

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27 days ago

Nice short, scenic loop. Easy day trip from Boston area. Trail (up Welch) climbs at steady moderate pace for 1.4 miles to first of a series of granite slabs and ledges. Above, things get steeper, with a few easy scrambles. Peak to peak and much of the descent provide great views from open ledges and ridges. Fairly crowded on a beautiful Fall Wednesday.

27 days ago

Love great hike... what away to just get away...

hiking
27 days ago

Gorgeous vistas. Stunning foliage. Great weather certainly helped. Really nice hike. Get there early.

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28 days ago

Hiked on a beautiful fall day. The views have got to be among the best in NH. Definitely a moderate hike - some easy parts and some hard parts, so moderate is the average. So many spots to stop and enjoy the views.

28 days ago

Was beautiful for fall foliage but the leaves seem to be falling fast! The hike up can get strenuous but levels our right when u need it to. It was beautiful. Wear grippy shoes!