First hike of the season: Welch-Dickey Loop

Peak Summited2021 Welch-Dickey
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadWelch-Dickey Loop
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

It may not have been ideal weather conditions (mostly cloudy) but I had my heart set on hiking today. I was hiking at a slow-moderate tempo and the loop took me 3 hours. Some of the large stone slabs were wet and a bit slippery. I would definitely rate the hike difficult, even though it is overall a shorter hike. I also agree with someone else who wrote in a recent post: some of the yellow markers are a bit worn and a few times hard to find. You will not get lost but a bit of a paint refresher would take the ~at times~ worrisome guesswork out of the hike.

Overall, a great experience and an exciting start to the challenge!


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