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Welch and Dickey Mountains - Winter Hiking

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Mt. Welch:  2,605 ft 
Mt. Dickey:  2,734 ft
Total elevation gain:  1,859 ft
Trails:  Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain trails loop
Difficulty:  Moderate

This 4.5 mile loop hike took our group across the summits of the Welch and Dickey Mountains.  We first took the Welch Mountain trail from the parking lot. We crossed a small brook and our ascent took us along side of that brook for some of the way. When we got to the slabs it started to snow lightly. We took a break here, resting for a few minutes to snack. I took photos from the tops of the slabs and more clouds rolled in. Route 49 into Waterville Valley town center can be seen from these slabs.
As we made our ascent to the peak, there were more slabs to scramble over. The slabs were icy and MicroSpikes provided traction. I got to lead our group to the peak, scrambling over the slabs and keeping the group on the trail. The trail was a maze as it twisted and turned around the icy granite slabs and squeezed between narrow cracks in the gia…