Fall Foliage Hike: Welch-Dickey Loop, Thornton, NH
The changing of seasons is one of the best parts of living in the northeast. Especially when the kaleidoscope of colors emerge in Autumn. New England's Fall foliage attracts visitors from around the world, every year. With mid-October through early November being the peak in the season, we make all efforts to get outdoors and enjoy the Autumn scenery.
Two years ago was the first time we hiked Welch-Dickey Loop in Thornton, New Hampshire. It immediately became our favorite mountain hike for Fall foliage in New England. Being only a 2 hour drive from Boston, with a hike time averaging around 4 hours, this trip is definitely doable in a day for those in the area.
|Wearing a Montauk Tackle 1/4 zip pullover|
One of the best features of this hike is that you climb up two summits. We did Welch first, followed by the Dickey summit, taking the loop trail. The Welch summit is 2,605ft and the Dickey summit is 2,734ft. As with most mountain hikes in New England, the trail starts through the woods with a gradual ascent. The path is pretty rocky and due to rain during the week, it was muddy throughout the initial part of our climb.
The hike up the Welch summit was the more challenging of the two. There were several steep areas,climbing up slates of rock. The rain from previous days made certain parts of the climb slippery, adding an element of difficulty. Without hiking shoes, it would be difficult to gain traction in these parts of the hike. The trail to Welch had many scenic overlooks to stop and take photos of the beautiful vistas. When you reach the top, you also get a view of the Dickey summit up ahead.
|View of the Welch summit from Dickey's summit|
We are fortunate to be able to experience four seasons living in the northeast of America. We encourage our fellow hikers in this area of the country, to get outdoors this Fall and take in the beautiful scenery of the season.