Welch-Dickey loop

DATE: Apr 22, 2017 Saturday
END DATE: Apr 22, 2017 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: Campton NH

Trip Leader(s)

Londonderry, NH United States,

Lake Worth, FL United States

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Region: New England

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The Welch-Dickey loop trail hike is the ideal Spring warm-up hike for two big reasons:  It is among the first of the trails in NH's White Mountains to be clear of snow and ice in the spring; and at barely five miles in length, it offers pretty much everything that the White Mountains have to offer, but in small doses.  No wonder the AMC White Mountains Guide describes it as a trail that offers excellent views for a modest effort.  However, do not be deceived by this comment, as there are some steep sections which will give you a workout, even if they are indeed short.

This being April, be prepared for any type of weather, so bring layers to put on and take off accordingly.  Also bring one or two liters of water, as there is no potable water on the trail.  We plan to hike counterclockwise, which will take us to the ledges below the summit of Mt. Welch, and then to the summit itself, where we will stop for lunch.  So bring a lunch and/or snacks to share.  We should be done hiking by 3:00 p.m or so.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We will meet at the trailhead parking lot.  To get there from I-93, get off at exit 28 (Campton/Waterville Valley) and go east on Rt. 49 (also known as the Mad River Road).  As you make the turn, and if it is a clear day, you should see the open ledges of Welch-Dickey looming ahead of you.  Go east on Rt 49 towards those mountains.  At approximately 4.5 miles after you pass the Campton Dam (there is a traffic light there, as this is the junction with Rt. 175), turn left onto Upper Mad River Road.  At 0.7 miles turn right onto Orris Rd., where you should see a sign directing you to the Welch-Dickey trailhead.  At 0.6 miles, Orris Road makes a sharp turn to the left, and the trailhead parking will be on your right.  We will be driving a red Rav4, with NH plates

Trip Leader(s)


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Londonderry, NH

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Lake Worth, FL

United States

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

West Hartford, -

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate

Waltham, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Tewksbury, MA

United States
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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Augusta, ME

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Windham, ME

United States
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vtfred Posted Apr 22, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Rick, thanks for the email last night; reluctantly I am removing myself, will miss seeing you guys! Fred

vtfred Posted Mar 31, 2017 at 6:23 AM

Looking forward to this traditional spring hike!!

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