Welch and Dickey Mountains
More challenging than one expects, hiking Welch and Dickey is an ideal early season White Mountain adventure. With south-facing slopes throughout, the trail dries rapidly allowing for an early season tuneup for longer journeys.
Hike: Begin the 4.5-mile loop by climbing the steep ledges of Welch Mountain. Continue through a small saddle to Dickey Mountain, before dropping steadily back to the forest.
Trailhead: From Interstate 93, follow Route 49 5.6 miles toward Waterville Valley. Turn left onto Upper Mad River Road and then right onto Orris Road. www.fs.fed.us