Ascent of Welch Mountain on 2013-03-10
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, March 10, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||2605 ft / 794 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI got to the parking lot at around 11:15 AM. There were a fair number of cars in the lot. I geared up, paid the trailhead fee, and got going.
I went counter-clockwise on the loop.
The trail started out easy and passed over a frozen brook. The grade picked up a little and it followed the brook for a while. The weather was beautiful, and on this section, I was able to bareboot. The trail then turned right and lined a slope. It ascended a wooded ledge and I reached the Welch Mountain ledges at 1.3 miles after a few minutes. I took a water break here and then headed up Welch.
The ledges on the trail were not that bad in the beginning of this section, but they got nasty later in the ascent, so I used microspikes for the rest of the hike. Walking up them was easy with the spikes, as they were covered in packed snow, but barebooters would have a tricky time. I soon passed the point where I turned back on my first attempt at this loop in October 2012, and the hike got really fun from there. There were narrow parts to the trail, tight rock squeezes, and more vistas that made it so fun. I eventually emerged on Welch's upper ledges and, after hitting a few false summits, reached the true summit, which was a rocky outcrop with a good view of the Sandwich Range and western NH.
I continued to Dickey Mountain after having another water break.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1550 ft / 472 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Crampons|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1550 ft / 472 m|
| Distance:||1.9 mi / 3.1 km|
| Route:||Welch-Dickey Loop|
| Start Trailhead:||Orris Rd. trailhead 1055 ft / 321 m|
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