Welch - Dickey Loop

Date of Hike: 11/30/12

Welch-Dickey Loop Trail: 4.4 Miles, 1,800 feet

Trip Report:
-  Friday's weather was very chilly but there were good views to be had so Alton and I headed up to hike Welch-Dickey with Ultra-Runners Ryan and Kristina and their dog Jack (click here for her blog).
- Welch-Dickey is a fun 4.4 mile loop that has a wide variety of terrain with pretty spectacular views.  The trail starts off in the woods through a nice forest then pops out on wide open rock slab with moderate to steep sections as it ascends up to Welch Mountain.
- Jack was in the lead the whole way jumping on and off the trail then waiting for us on the open ledges.  There was a dusting of snow on the trail and some hidden ice so we all put on light traction (microspikes and hillsounds) to help us up some of the minor scrambles.
- Views from Welch and Dickey Mountain are some of the best for the southern White Mountains.  Eventhough both peaks are under 3,000 feet there are excellent views of the Sandwich Dome and it's surrounding peaks and the west side of Mount Tecumseh and the Tripyramids.
- After enjoying the views from Dickey Mountain we all descended down to the parking lot through more open rock slab and ledges with great views.
- For anyone just starting out hiking who wants to get a feel for minor scrambling up and down open ledges of rock slab with the reward of great views this is a must hike!

Welch-Dickey Loop Trail 
 Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
 Ascending the open ledges to Welch Mountain
 Taking in the view from one of the many open ledges
Sandwich Dome 
 Jack patiently waiting for us
 Balds Knob, Sachem Peak, Jennings Peak, Noon Peak, Sandwich Dome, Black Mountain
 Final stretch up to Welch's summit
 Open ledges along the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
 Welch Mountain
 Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
Where's Jack??!! 
 Ryan on Welch Mountain
 Dickey Mountain
 Mount Tecumseh from Welch Mountain
 Cairn in the Welch-Dickey Col
 Welch Mountain
 Balds Knob, Sachem Peak, Jennings Peak, Noon Peak, Sandwich Dome, Black Mountain
 Kristina, Ryan, and Alton on Dickey Mountain
 Franconia and Kinsman Ridge from Dickey Mountain
 Mount Tecumseh
 Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
 Wide open ledges below Dickey Mountain
 Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
 Alton and I
 Ledges along the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
 Cliffs along the trail
Winter is here!

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