This is a great half day hike especially suited for families camping at Campton Campground. Excellent views are offered for very little effort along a trail that travels through a forest of jack pine. The trail forks shortly after leaving the parking lot. If you bear right, you'll reach Welch Summit first at an elevation of 2,605. The trail climbs steadily to the summit of Mt. Dickey, 2,734'. The trail then proceeds to descend offering a number of overlooks, several with steep ledges. The path reaches the fork and back to the parking lot under 4.5 miles. This trail does have several steep drop-offs and several points along the trail are rocky and slippery. Due to the lower elevations of this trail, it is one of the first hiking trails each spring.
Directions: From Intersection of SRs 175 & 49, NH, Travel east on SR 49 about 4.5 miles and turn left on Upper Mad River Road. Travel a short distance and turn right onto Orris Road. Follow Orris Road for .6 mile taking a right at the fork into a small parking lot. Trail begins there.
The Welch-Dickey Trail leads to elevations above 2,500 feet. This is a great family hike, particularly for those staying at the Campton Campground.
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