The loop over Welch and Dickey Mountains is one of my favorite hikes, and is great for days when I want something quick and rewarding. It offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountain ranges, exposed summits, and many open ledges and rock outcrops along the trail. The entire loop is only 4.5 miles, with an elevation gain of about 1650 feet.
Welch-Dickey Loop Trail sign at the parking lot. Most people go over Welch first. It’s more fun to go up the smooth ledges than down them.
Perfect hike today. It was great meeting Helen the yoga instructor, Gaylen and her pup, Debbie from Concord and her lab and pug, Webb the GoPro guy, and Bill the skier. Webb has an active Youtube channel with videos from all his hikes. Here’s his video from today (with an excellent choice of tunes!):
Looking forward to returning to this hike again soon. The Welch-Dickey loop also makes for a great night hike during the full moon.