Ascent of Welch Mountain on 2020-10-03

Climber: Eric Ryherd

Others in Party:Cindy
Date:Saturday, October 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Welch Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2605 ft / 794 m

Ascent Trip Report

Welch Dickey is one of the most popular hikes in the white mountains and for very good reason - the views are amazing.
The parking lot was totally full and we had to park on the side of the road a ways down the road.
Initially the hike seems easy and gradually gets steeper and steeper.
You come out onto some smooth open granite which can be steep in places so if it is at all slippery it is dangerous.
There are several scrambles to get up the next chunk of ledge so be prepared - this is not an easy hike.
That said, for experienced hikers this is a relatively easy hike as the open granite is easy to hike up.
You do want to do the loop counter-clockwise as it is much steeper on the way up which is easier to handle.

The views get better and better up Welch, then drop down a little in the notch over to Dickey with even more views.
On the way down from Dickey is a large cliff and open granite looking down into the valley between the mountains.

The way down is easier but affords plenty of views so spend some time and take them in fully.

Just be aware there will be a lot of other people on the trail.
I would NOT recommend bringing your dog. There are too many other dogs and people and the scrambles make it tough for the pooch.

We spent a leisurely 4 hours taking time to enjoy the early fall colors.
Back at the car the road was lined with cars much further than when we arrived.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Welch Dickey loop trail
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Welch dickey loop trail
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: WelchDickey

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Welch Mountain2020-10-03 
2Dickey Mountain2020-10-03 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Ryherd
Click Here for a Full Screen Map
Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

This page has been served 13 times since 2005-01-15.

Copyright © 1987-2021 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service