My love for hiking started back when I would go to Colorado in the summers growing up and would get to go to camp and do all sorts of outdoor activities. If my memory serves me correctly, my first hike was Deer Mountain. Ever since then, I’ve had a thing for hiking. I haven’t done it nearly as much as I’d like to in my lifetime, but I’m hoping to change that and start to do it more often.
There are so many things about hiking that I love. It’s physical and I enjoy the movement. In some cases I’d consider it a pretty good a workout.
I also love being in nature. Breathing in the fresh air, being among the trees, it just feels good.
Also with hiking there’s often an amazing view. Moments where you think — this was absolutely worth it. And while I still take photos and video when I’m on hikes, it’s nice to mostly disconnect from the world for a few hours.
Currently I’m on vacation in New England. The Mr. and I wanted to experience fall and the beautiful leaves. We drove up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for some hiking.
A reader recommended doing the Welch-Dickey Loop so I did a little research, saw it would take several hours and that it was rated hard and I thought PERFECT. Gorgeous views were promised and it’d be a great workout.
It had both of those things.
It was recommended to do the trail counterclockwise and I can see why. I think either way has its difficulties, but there are a few spots where I think if we had gone clockwise it could have been really dicey, especially since several spots were pretty slippery and steep.
I was so glad I had hiking boots. I’m sure you could do the hike in sneakers but it wouldn’t be advisable. You would probably ruin them and they wouldn’t provide enough support or traction that you would need to do the hike safely in my personal opinion. My Danner Boots worked perfectly for this hike.
It was pretty chilly so while I was sweating for the first hour of the hike (going mostly upward at a pretty steady clip) once we got up top I was glad I had my layers (tank, sweatshirt, coat). I also recommend wearing pants. So even if you are hiking in the summer, I wouldn’t wear shorts. I mean some people might and would be fine, but I always like to protect myself from everything. I wore shorts on my Joshua Tree hike in the desert which was fine, but wouldn’t on most hikes.
The loop was 4.4 miles. We didn’t check the time when we left but I think it took us around 3 hours to complete. We stopped to take in the views several times, but that’s it. The two of us can hike fairly quickly.
We did come across a few girls who had a ton of dogs with them. Dogs are allowed on this trail on a leash but I’d only take mine up to the Welch Mountain and back down, no further. It just gets really steep and dangerous after that.
The hike is beautiful. Lots of rocks and tree roots. The first part up to Welch Mountain is pretty easy but past that it gets much harder.
The view kept getting better and better as we went up.
Here you can see how tiny I am. My husband took this pic standing above me on this giant boulder that you basically walk straight up. Just follow the yellow lines and you’ll be fine on the trail as long as you pay attention to where you are stepping and be careful. Always make sure you see a yellow mark every once in a while to make sure you didn’t veer off the path.
Supposedly we missed peak foliage by a week or so but it looked pretty amazing to us. These photos don’t even do the colors and the view justice. Not even close. It literally looked like a painting. The view looked fake, like we were in a movie.
Unfortunately it was cloudy most of the day, but the sun came out for a bit and I was able to snag a few pics with blue sky.
Overall, if you are physically capable and enjoy hiking and the outdoors, I highly recommend this hike with proper gear. It was awesome. You do need $5 cash to park in the lot, but otherwise it’s really easy to get to, you can just use Google Maps to get to the Welch-Dickey Trailhead.
We brought water, and I stuck a few packages of cashews in my bag, but we had such a huge breakfast we weren’t hungry at all. We stayed at the Woodstock Inn & Brewery and breakfast is free with your stay there (usually) and the breakfast portions are HUGE so we stuffed ourselves. The Woodstock Inn is pretty close to this hike, about a 20 minute drive. We stayed in the lodge and it was fine. Very quaint and affordable. (FYI this was not sponsored!)
Photos by Meg Biram