Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

MODERATE 296 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.

23 hours ago

Rewarding views for a good amount of effort. The amazing views along the way are way better than the summit. Two novice hikers returned very happy, exhausted, with trembling knees and full hearts.

hiking
2 days ago

As someone who has done a lot of climbing in the White Mountains, I was not expecting much in the way of views from a loop fully below the treeline. Wrong does not begin to cover it. Despite a modest elevation this trail features an incredible number of massive, exposed rock slabs that provide jaw dropping views almost the entire way and doable climbing for all ages. These slabs get up to the size of tennis courts and make the climb feel like an walk up a paved hill, rather than the rock stairs of most other trails in the whites that are punishing on your knees. There are a half-dozen spots that require a bit of hands and knees scrambling, but nothing treacherous. Could be a bit of a challenge for total beginners, but if you can do Mt. Monadnock, you can do this. We came across several groups with children who seemed to be having a blast, and with good reason. This is truly a fantastic hike that is both a blast for veteran hikers, yet also something I would feel comfortable taking my non-hiker friends on. Just do it; its one of the best day hikes I've done in years.
(As others have recommended, definitely do the loop counterclockwise.)
(We hiked on a beautiful sunny day, but I imagine it could be a little more difficult if the rocks were wet.)

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with amazing views all along the trail. Did this trail counterclockwise and it did not disappoint. If you don't stop for the scenery this hike can be done in a couple hours but can easily turn into an all day hike as well if you stop at all the scenic spots - spend more time stopped at the views. While you traverse up Mount Welch don't forget to occasionally look back at the great views. On top on Mt. Welch is 360 panorama of multiple named mountains in the region giving this short hike great bang for effort. I would not recommend this hike when raining unless you're comfortable climbing and descending high angle wet granite slabs.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing hike! Just challenging enough to be fun, but not overly difficult. The rock slabs make even the steep sections totally doable. The views are incredible from many points along the trail. Definitely do it counterclockwise to do the steepest sections on the way up. Very cool to summit two mts and be able to see the path you took. Highly recommended!!

3 days ago

Did this Loop a few weeks ago. Great trail for beginner hikers who are in good shape. It took us 4.5 hours, but we did stop for about an hour and were just taking our time to enjoy the views!

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Fantastic panoramic views both going up and and coming down. Sheer rock faces with significant incline (steep in parts for beginners); very dog-friendly trail. Summit is very exposed, and long stretches on the trail without water (so bring your own water for both you and your pooch.) Overall the trail is well-marked, but a couple places (both above treeline and mid-way up) that you need to hunt around for the blazes. Also, if you have hiking boots, wear them. Your ankles will thank you. Did I mention the views? Loved this hike.

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5 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Great views and loved the rock climbing. The wife and I hiked 3 trails this week and found this to be our favorite, by far!

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

Great views, pleasantly challenging. Awesome day hike.

10 days ago

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

Fantastic and challenging hike for the less experienced. There is a lot of walking up rock slabs, which at times was very steep. There were people with dogs as well as young children that were able to complete it. I think it can be a little challenging for kids, but often times they did better than me. Definitely not a winter or bad weather hike, as the slabs when wet would be far too dangerous. A very popular hike as there were a lot of people going up with us. Fewer were with us on the way down but I believe that is due to the staggered departure times from the summit. The views throughout the hike were incredible and well worth the effort we put in. The trail is very well marked. Overall, definitely a hike I would do again.

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11 days ago