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Welch and Dickey Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily 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 and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,751 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

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Although this trail is currently open for recreational use, there are restrictions of group gatherings for COVID-19 protection in place. Please see the park's website for up to date information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/whitemountain/alerts-notices/?aid=58114

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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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Belle Waldron
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Nature tripsFeeGreat!

This was one of my favorite hikes to date! Things start out nice and slow and then boom! Hello steep mountain! We brought our 1 year old lab on a leash. He’s in pretty good shape so he had no issues scaling this bad larry but I wouldn’t suggest bringing any loved fur babies who aren’t part Mountain goat. Holy cow VIEWS are amazing. We even saw a group doing yoga at the top. What an experience. Very few bugs when we went (10am-1pm) 10/10 recommend! Also definitely don’t do this when it’s wet!!

Jessica Zeliger
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HikingGreat!

Super fun, well marked trail. We did it in about 3 hours, stopping for about 15 minutes for lunch. Bring bug spray and a camera - the views are amazing!

Scout Leonard
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

This was a nice, trail; I would consider it moderate. We hiked on a Monday morning with an 8:30 start and found it wasn’t too crowded. We hiked counterclockwise and had a little bit of scrambling on the second half. Beautiful views, especially from the second peak! Well-marked trails. Lots of flies and ants when sitting, but if you bring a mask or bandana for covid when passing hikers, it helps with the bugs!! :)

Sid Chaudhury
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Daniel Tran
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. Gets pretty steep towards the end where you have to scramble.

Susan Sweeney
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Hiking

Well maintained, well marked. Loved the variation in topography. Wooded, some rock scrambling and nice views along the way.

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Dario Fiorentini
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Lots of people, but that's what you get at 1pm on a Saturday. The hike itself was really fun and the views were great. definitely not a beginner hike, lots of steep ledges to hoist up onto.

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Allie S.
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Parts are steep and close to the edge, but easy to maneuver.

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Joseph Moubhij
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Christina Khem
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Such a fun trail with a variety of terrain. From rock scrambles to steep slabs to an almost vertical climb with a narrow section, it was well worth it! Highly recommend hiking shoes and going up Welch first. Would not recommend kids or even dogs unless dog is experienced. Parking was not an issue at 10:45am on a Friday.

Kristin Robbins
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful views, we went up Welch first and so glad we did. Lots of rock scramble- and some steep parts. Overall I really enjoyed this trail.

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Steve J.
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Hiking

Perfect sunny day, no bugs, and of course a great view from the top!

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Mikayla Ramsdell
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Hiking

Loved this trail!!!

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Amanda Hatfield
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

This was such a great trail! I would mark it as moderate, though there are a few tough incline spots. But it’s not a prolonged incline. There are also many great lookout spots so there are many views of the Whites. It was slightly buggy but nothing too bad. Trail conditions were great and well marked. I’d go up Welch and down Dickey and don’t go on a rainy day. Overall a great and fairly easy hike!!

Kyle Jessey
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Great trail. I would recommend going to dicky second as there are some steep rock face climbs that I’d much rather reach going up than down. It’s closer to 5 miles in length but the views from both peaks are well worth the troubles to get there. The trails are well maintained as well. Wouldn’t rec bringing small children

Craig Upperman
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Sydnee Miano
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HikingGreat!

I’m a 22 year old woman in decent physical shape. I did this with two older women (50 and 60+) and we had a great time with this. I don’t remember what our time was exactly but I think it was around 4 hours to completion, including several long stops. I am from Texas and don’t do a ton of hiking but I really enjoyed it. There’s one section that’s pretty steep but the views are well worth it. I did it in sneakers and had no difficulty, but I saw several people with hiking boots on. It’s your choice, but it’s not necessary.

Natasha Tkachenko
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John Polino
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HikingGreat!

Best "bang for your buck" hike I've been on. Not too long. Not too hard. I would rate this as upper moderate with a few hard sections. Terrain changes often so you never get tired of the same old, same old. From well kept, forest trails to granite slabs with a few scrambles thrown in to keep you on your toes...Definitely recommend going counter-clockwise as a decent down Dickey's east side could be rough. I wouldn't recommend this loop if it were icy or rainy. Some very steep granite slabs. Views are everywhere, and you get your 1st OMG moment about 25 minutes into the hike. Perfect for a sunrise hike. I have nothing bad to say here. Wasn't too crowded. not a ton of dogs. No bugs or mud (weather dependent I know), but it just added to an already great hike. I'll be back for sure!

Steven Brook
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Steven Brook
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Beth Cunningham
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7/30/20 - 2nd time hiking Welch-Dickey Loop this year. This trail does not disappoint! I was fortunate to have another picture perfect day for the hike. i prefer going up Welch over to Dickey and down on this loop. I would say that it’s on the lighter side of moderate. Trail gets a bit more strenuous with the pitch of granite slabs as you make your way up to summit. 360 degree views from both summits!

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Sean Merlonghi
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Hiking

Great hike! Def. going counterclockwise to hit Welch first was great. Welch is certainly the nicer view but both nice. No way to do this safely in rain but on a sunny day it’s amaZing. I went at 7 am on a Wednesday morning and didn’t run into one person the entire loop. I was surprised but stoked!

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NANCY NH
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HikingRocky

Not that crowded on the trails on a Sunday— maybe encountered less than half dozen on way up but there were a few more folks at the summit. You do scramble and scale up some rocky slabs that can be quite steep— be sure to keep a lookout for the trail markers which are not always very visible (many had faded). We had to back up a few times. There are bits of trail in wooded areas, a relief in contrast to the hot rock bits, especially in the end. Summit views are green mountains as far as you can see, but turn around often in the trail for great views too.

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