Echo Lake State Park is a great place to take the family for a swim and picnic. A scenic trail around the lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Both Cathedral and nearby White Horse ledges are popular rock and ice climbing walls.

Very steep. Worth it.

This hike was nice. Relatively close to a golf course for a portion of it though. However If you plan on doing cathedral or white horse then choose white horse its much more rewarding.

hiking
3 days ago

The color of the lake will mesmerize you, such a beautiful sea green color!

I did this hike with my mi-aged mother and it was in October during the PEAK of falls colors. All I can say is that it was a completely breathtaking experience for she and I. She is not much of a hiker, so parts of the trail were indeed difficult for her. But the reward of the beautiful trees and serenity on top of Cathedral Ledge was well worth it for us.

Hiked this trail today - a gorgeous day with great weather. Kids 15, 13, 11, 9. Great hike. Took 3.5 hours with @ 30 min for lunch at summit. Went counter-clockwise to tackle the steepest section at the start and on ascent. Definitely a challenge for the younger ones with scrambling in a couple of places. One child who is a little scared of heights was a little uncomfortable in spots, but gained confidence and was glad to have done it. The vista before the summit is better than the vista at the summit. Suffered a few bee stings on the trail on the way down. But still a great hike and the most challenging one we've done as a group. A good next step after easier hikes in the area like Diana's Baths.

hiking
1 month ago

nice walk around the pond then into the wood, then a very steep climb up with a small rest and more up. we didn't make the second up because we started later afternoon and we're loosing light. it was very challenging to us but great. only reason we gave it a four was because you have to pay to enter park and enter, but it wasn't enough to deter us.

It was a steep climb up but the view was really beautiful

This is absolutely beautiful! Depending on your fitness level, this might be difficult for some. I would rate this Moderate/difficult in places for sure. The trek down for me was quite steep with moments of vertigo. If you don't like steep, I would suggest going the longer route around and then going back down the same way.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this 4 days ago, it was raining a bit but it kept us cooler. Did the loop clockwise making the steep part our decent.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago