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.

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.

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.

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A beautiful, simple trail around Echo lake. it's beautiful for leaf peeping in the Fall. Stunning views of Cathedral's Ledge.

Did this with my 5yr old. He loved the view up top. We were having a great time until we were rounding the bottom by the hotel and ran into a black bear. Luckily he let us walk away and we abandoned the trail to get into the parking lot and away from him. Took another trail and the road to get back to our car. Scariest moment of my life! Remember to be safe out there, you never know when you're going to have a run in with nature.

I did the loop counter clockwise and stopped at Cathedral ledge on the way. The trail from the north end was well-marked, but coming down to the south area was confusing because the markers were difficult to see. Best views here was at Cathedral Ledge... can't see much on the White Horse trail unfortunately.

Had a hard time finding this trail we could not see anything marking the trail! Then unfortunately it started to rain! Maybe better luck next time! We were leery to go into the park area because it said absolutely no dogs! :(

Easy walk around a nice lake that starts and ends in a nice beach area suitable for a swim