This trip is ONLY available to participants of the Spring Hiking Program. This hike is open to all participants in the Spring Hiking and Backpacking program. This loop trail affords excellent views for a modest effort, with nearly 2 miles of partly open walking at relatively low elevations. On the south ledges of Welch Mountain it runs through the southernmost of one of the few stands of jack pine (Pinus banksiana) that occur in New Hampshire. This is a tree that commonly occurs much farther north and benefits from fires because it releases its seeds most readily after its cones have been scorched (when, presumably, most of its competitors have been killed by the fire). The section that ascends Welch Mountain is often one of the first trails to be clear of snow in spring. However, some of the ledges provide mildly challenging rock scrambles and may be slippery when wet and dangerous in icy conditions, so they must be ascended with caution. Mileage and elevation gain: 4.4 miles distance and about a 1650 foot elevation gain.
Morgane is a 4-season leader and has been leading trips with the AMC since 2016. She usually does day hikes and hikes at a moderate pace. She is currently working on her NH 4000 footers. She speaks fluent French if you ever want to get some practice on the trail!
Casey leads trips year around for the hiking/backpacking committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He is heavily engaged in the H/B leadership and training programs such as Spring/Fall Leadership Training as well as our educational programs in the Spring and Winter Hiking Programs. Like other hikers that hike before sun up and after sun down and do 20+ miles, Casey likes to do the same only keep it under 10 miles :) He's experienced but not a speed daemon