Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Welch Mountain, NH
Trails: Welch Dickey Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 4, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: 7 or 8 cars at 7:20 a.m. Returning around noon lot was full with a number of vehicles parked down the access road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small stream crossing near the trailhead was an easy rock hop. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail as in very good shape, no blowdowns or obstructions. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a number of happy and well behaved pups today. 
Bugs: Some early morning mosquitos especially in the damp frost between the trailhead and the first overlook before the granite ledges. All easily handled by a couple of squirts of DEET. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Arrived at the trailhead around 7:20 a.m. and there were 7 or 8 cars there. Climb through the lower forest was very humid and the buzzing insects were kept at bay with a quick application of DEET. At the overlook, there was a small amount of undercast in the Waterville Valley which was quickly dissipating. The slow, relentless hike up the granite ledges was ht in the sun and had to beware of very slick spots caused by the algae growth in persistent water runoff. One thing I love about this hike is that when I got winded and wanted to take a break on the slabs, a look around gave some of the nicest views I've seen in the White Mountains. There was a nice cooling breeze when I arrived at the summit and took a break. I decided to head back down the way I come rather than attempt the climb up Dickey mountain. This was a mistake. The granite ledges are far tougher going down than up. Next time, I'll just complete the entire loop rather than do an out and back hike. On the way back down, there were about 35-40 people congregating at the overlook and an almost steady conga line from the parking lot up to the overlook ledge. Maybe about 25% of the hikers had masks. There was more refuse on the trail than usual, a couple of torn canvas bags, a bunch of discarded masks and plastic bags full of presumably dog poop as well as a pair of discarded or forgotten t-shirts. There was the occasional muddy spot on the trail but all were easy step-arounds/overs.  
Name: Robert Nick 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-04 
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