Welch-Dickey Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,709' 521 m
Descent: -1,709' -521 m
High: 2,727' 831 m
Low: 1,119' 341 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“Make a unique and scenic loop to the summits of two mountains on this stunning trail.”— Tom Robson
From here, the trail scampers up the ridge to the summit of Welch Mountain. Stop on this rock outcropping and take in the views, or simply push on to your next objective, Dickey Mountain. From the Dickey Mountain summit you'll turn south and head down the other side of the drainage back to the parking area.
Although not as steep as your ascent pitch, this descent is nothing to trifle with. Take it slow and be very wary of wet surfaces.
The cones are serotinous which means they require heat to open and release seeds; temperatures of at least 160° F are required. Welch Mountain is one of five places in New Hampshire that jack pine survives. Other places include Lake Umbagog, Mount Chocorua, Webster Cliff and Sandwich Dome. Welch Mountain and Sandwich Dome is the southern most tip of this species range.
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