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Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

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Welch and Dickey Loop Trail is a 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, nature trips, and bird watching 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

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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
scramble
3 hours ago

Good views for a short hike. Under 3 hours. Summits are not marked so take a rest/photo whenever you get the view. Hiked with dog (1 yo black lab). Had to help her up 2 small rock faces but no trouble otherwise. Very steep in places, but well maintained.

hiking
7 hours ago

Today could not have been more beautiful with perfect hiking conditions! Rocks were dry already from yesterday’s rain which I was grateful for. Busted this out in 2 hours with a very short stop at the top. Wonderful hike.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 hours ago

Amazing double Mountain View’s with a very rewarding summit to summit visual. Went in the middle of the day and took about 3 hours to complete the full loop. Definitely bring traction shoes as some spots can become very steep!

hiking
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail! There are two summits, but it may feel like 3. There's a large opening shortly into the trail but don't assume it's a summit. There are tons of large rock slabs to climb, which is a challenge but very rewarding.

hiking
1 day ago

Love this hike! Great views.

hiking
2 days ago

Highly recommend this trail. Although it is just 4.4 miles it takes longer than a typical hike. Definitely go counter clockwise as noted by others. There are beautiful views along a good portion of the hike. Some sections are very steep. We had a nice dry day but would not want to do this hike if it were wet or icy. We slipped on the dry rock.

hiking
4 days ago

I love a good loop! This trail started out strong and easy and then started getting steeper and steeper. By the time you reach the first peak you are pumped and looking over to the next seems like it’ll take ages to get to but it’s surprisingly quick, just a bit challenging with all the ridge climbing. Then the descent is easy and fast.

hiking
4 days ago

Hike with Greenie and Wags

hiking
5 days ago

This trail has a lot of different elements- rockfaces, forest, lots of amazing lookout opportunities. Well marked, it made for a solid 3.5 hr hike with a lunch break. Fairly active trail with doggos and a couple couples with babies (which made me feel bad as I huffed and puffed). I haven’t hiked seriously in a few years, but this one was manageably challenging! Can’t wait to do it again.

I'm an intermediate hiker and found this trail really challenging at some points. Very steep going up. finished it in about 4 hours with regular pauses. Several magnificent scenery points and The view at the mountain top is totally worth the effort. Highly recommended it.

hiking
9 days ago

As a novice mountain hiker, my friends & I found this trail to be challenging at times when you are scrambling up steep rocks (we did both peaks which is what made it so tiring, though it is an option to turn around after the first peak). However, this was such a beautiful trail & well worth the views - after the first peak, there is so much open space while hiking, it’s really breathtaking. We felt so accomplished afterwards & I would definitely recommend the hike! You will be challenged, but it is doable in 4.5 hours with a lunch break on the first peak. The best views I think you can get for the amount of effort put in!

hiking
14 days ago

Nice little hike with some great views. There are fun steep flat rock inclines. Beginners should start off counter clockwise as most of the steeper inclines are that direction. But going clockwise didn't look too difficult in dry conditions. I unfortunately made the mistake of going Labor Day Weekend so it was extremely busy making tough to get by in some areas. Also, the blazes could have been more clear in some places especially in the open areas where it wasn't clear where the trail picked back up. Some folks as well as myself went the wrong direction in a few places which is odd considering there is really only one trail.

recorded Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Great trail! My dad pushed Steve and I a little hard but in a good way. Great views and perfect weather, just too many tour groups

14 days ago

Awesome views. Great way to get 2 peaks in. Go counterclockwise.

Great views from the first ledge and then all the way up Welch. Steep up the slabs and in some places kinda scary if you are afraid of heights. Loved this hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Highly recommend this trail. Great view everywhere. It was flat at the beginning, but it was tiring to climb the big rocks. Definitely will come back in the fall

Awesome but difficult hike. Amazing views! The hardest thing we’ve done!

Amazing!

recorded Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

hiking
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Hike not very difficult but lamenting many beautiful views. The small capes of rocks at the approach of the 2 peaks was great.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! A little more difficult than I had originally expected but nothing I couldn’t handle. Some amazing views. Took me about 3 hours as a novice hiker.

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

I call this the Little Big Mountain with plenty of views and incline challenges. Ball Park 4hrs roundtrip if you plan to stop and take breaks at the peaks. Novice Hikers. 4.5 hrs Intermediate Hikers. 3 hrs advanced hikers. 2.5 hrs 1) Go counter clockwise . 2) Stretch yr Achilles out before this hike. The incline walking at some points will get yr legs and ankles burning....lower Legs are gonna get spicey on this one!!!! 3) Bring 5$ to pay for lot parking or you'll get a 50$ dollar ticket. When leaving after our hike a park ranger came around and was checking cars for parking passes. 4) BRING AMPLE AMOUNT OF Water. The incline hiking part is gonna get you sweaty. Replenish your Fluids! 5) highly Recommend this hike.

hiking
22 days ago

Great views, quick trail, moderate difficulty. Definitely worth the 2-3 hour round trip.

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22 days ago

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hiking
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
no shade
23 days ago

Really fun, quick little hike. The dog was able to do this relatively easily with only a few spots I had to give her a boost. Amazing views. The climbs up the slabs were intimidating at first but I was able to do it while holding a leash. Markers became scarce on the top and faded in some areas. Completed in 2.5 hours with lots of pictures.

scramble
23 days ago

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