Welch and Dickie Boulders Climbing
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DescriptionThere are boulders up there! It's not that surprising, really, when you consider that the area between Welch and Dickie acts as a huge bowl, collecting every erratic that happened to tumble past.
The main area is in the lower part of the bowl, but the boulders extend uphill for almost a quarter mile--all the way to the summit cliffs. The granite here varies from grainy to perfect. The boulders also vary in size, from one boulder rumored to be the size of the Madison Boulder (it isn't, by the way), to small sit-start only boulders. These boulders tend to be pretty featured, which is a welcome change from many of the other areas in Waterville.
Getting ThereHike up the Welch side of the trail. After about .7 miles, the trail will take a hard right toward the open slabs on Welch. At this point, leave the trail and walk directly left into the woods. You'll cross a stream and maybe pick up a faint climbers' trail. Follow this trail to a junction marked with a cairn on the ground. To reach the Lower Bowl area, head left (downhill) from the junction and walk about 100 feet. To reach the Mid Bowl and the Upper Bowl areas, head right (uphill) at the junction.
Classic Climbing Routes at Welch and Dickie Boulders
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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