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Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop

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Tough but Family Friendly Day Hike

Vacationed at Lake Winnipesaukee this summer which had us close to the White Mountains so hiked a couple of days. This 4 1/2 trail is not easy but doable for "active" families... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Vacationed at Lake Winnipesaukee this summer which had us close to the White Mountains so hiked a couple of days. This 4 1/2 trail is not easy but doable for "active" families. We were advised to take the Welch trail up and the Dickey trail down (in retrospect VERY GOOD advice). Summiting Welch is not easy - it's a bald... More 

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This was far more challenging than we expected. We had planned on a late spring hike, but the weather wasn't ready for winter to be over. The hike on the way up the Welch trail to the first ledge wasn't too hard. From there, most of the remaining hike to the summit was over rock formations, that were slippery and... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you've ever dreamed of walking up a wall…then hiking on the near vertical ledges of both mtns. Welch & Dickey is for you. Views are awesome. Plenty of rock scrambling, hand-over-hand and on a clear day Mt. Washington is in view. Try and do this in the fall. Mind blowing!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I are quite sporty but have never really hiked before. We spontaneously decided to take a trip to this mountain and it turned out to be an amazing day. The terrain started out pretty easy but got more challenging as you go up. It plateaus about 3/4 of the way up and there's a big area that's... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We and a had a BLAST hiking the Welch-Dickey Loop! The hike is a bit challenging but very rewarding... and views are out of this world. The trail is 4.4 miles and we found it to be pretty well marked. The loop starts right off the parking lot on Orris Road. It goes up Welch Mountain, down a bit, up... More 

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Norwich, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

my husband used to be an avid hiker. we are both a little out of shape and want to get back into hiking. we decided to take our time to complete the loop. we had a fantastic time. parts of the trail are steep, you will have to scrabble over rocks and many times you are climbing on exposed ledge.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Welch- Dickey Loop is a moderately challenging hike which takes about 3 hours. Views from the top of Welch and Dickey are magnificent! Beautiful mountain views with lots of ledge. It is a must do if you are looking for a half day hike. Welch and Dickey have lots of sloped slab which would be a bit tricky to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I only hike a couple times a year, and this trail I highly recommend. It only takes about 3hrs round trip to complete. Pack a lunch, eat on the ledge. Great Views!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I didn't expect this hike to be as difficult as it was. You'll reach the "Welch Ledge", which is your first scenic view, in about 45 minutes. Most people head right back down to the parking lot from there. If you're going to do the full loop, the hike gets more strenuous from this point. Continue on, following the yellow... More 

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Jackson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

What a fabulous hiking loop - starts out on wooded trail alongside stream, a few water crossings, then to slightly steeper path in woods. Within an hour's hike, you are at first scenic view; continue upward, gradually steeper and a wonderful "challenge" walking up huge granite slabs! At the top of Welch Mtn., enjoy 360 degree views and enjoy a... More 

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