Leaves now past peak. Also: looking for Welch-Dickey info

I’m doing less leaf-peeping and more leaf-raking this week. My favorite part of autumn is here. The turning of the leaves is always magnificent in these parts. Once leaves drop, though, views open up, even on level trails. Crisp air, no bugs, abundant sunshine: I’m a fan. A half-hour walk at Horse Hill near my home yields a better day.

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A question for my New Hampshire readers: have you hiked the Welch-Dickey loop near Waterville Valley? A friend is joining me for a hike next weekend, and we’re going someplace new to us. Welch-Dickey is the most likely destination. I’m reading maps and trail guides, but I’d love to hear impressions from other hikers. Leave me a comment if you’d like to share your experiences.

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