Hiking Welch-Dickey was so rewarding. The views are amazing and it’s just enough work to make me hunger for something a little harder. I have been hiking my entire life, for over 3 decades now, and have just recently started making it a part of my daily routine. I have started camping and rock climbing. I find the biggest challenge is not getting myself out there but finding others to get out there with me (on the big and other trips.)
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this beautiful 4.4 mile loop, it is in the White Mountains with the trailhead located in Thornton, NH. It’s rated moderate to strenuous and I’d agree (sticking more to the moderate side.) Whether or not you take your young kids is up to you. There are parts of it that have you scrambling up and over rocks and one section of Dickey where I wouldn’t let loose a toddler or child that isn’t a great listener or they’ll go straight over the edge.
This hike takes anywhere from 3.5 to 5 hours and is pretty well marked throughout most of the trail. There were a few times where we had to really look around as there’s a tiny, very fast switchback section and a few others that leave you guessing once you’re in the “alpine” areas but for the most part it’s really easy to follow.
My favorite parts about this hike were the alpine plants which were able to grow there because the conditions mimicked those of an alpine climate with the absence of trees and thin, loose soil. The summits were small yet mighty, affording wide, sweeping views of the land around them. There were blueberry bushes. There’s no way to pick one favorite because there were so many cool things about this hike!
I hiked this one with my girl Saz, who decided that she wanted to bring her backpacking gear to test drive it before our backpacking trip this weekend. Pretty smart. The tent ended up making it’s way to the bottom.
What are your favorite places to hike?