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Cathedral Ledge from Echo Lake is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 669 ft Route type Out & Back

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There is a fee to access this area. Pets are permitted throughout the back trails in the Cathedral and White Horse areas only. You can see more on the pet policy here: https://www.nhstateparks.org/planning/pet-friendly-parks

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Sophie Eisenstat
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HikingBugsScramble

Lovely hike! Short but challenging. All in about 3.3 miles, 2 Hours!

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Kristen Pearse
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HikingRockyScramble

Very good hike started at Echo Lake and took the Echo Lake Trail to the Bryce Trail and then to Cathedral Ledge and took the road down back to Bryce Trail where it connects back to Echo Lake Trail. 7km total. Very steep scrambling up and lots of pine needles so with a five year old I did not want to go back down that way. Too slippery and dangerous in my opinion to go back down. But scrambling up was very fun and doable.

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Alex B.
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Hiking

Beautiful lake at the bottom and great views at the top. Fairly steep at parts but overall pretty short, easy hike. Did some swimming in the lake too.

Olivia B.
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HikingBugsFee

Beautiful hike. Shaded pretty much the entire time until you reach cathedral ledge. Lots of bugs, I recommended bug spray!! The trail is well marked and maintained. There’s a $4 honor system fee to get into Echo lake state park.

Anurag Shrivastava
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Nice mid-week trail, very less number of people were there.. quite steep hike in the end.. but the view from top is worth it.. you can also drive to the top.. but i guess the road is not open now.. i would recommend this trail.. in total took 2.5 to 3 hours

Renata Mittnacht
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HikingBugsScramble

Beautiful hike from start to finish. A bit steep in parts but worth it for the view at the top. There were very few people on the trail today. Lots of mosquitos around the lake so bring bug spray.

Tess Gallagher
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Hiking

The trail was nice and dry today. When you get up to the ledge, be sure to check out the viewpoints around to the right, they’re also beautiful.

Bobby Tonning
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HikingBugs
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Bobby Tonning
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HikingMuddyScramble
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Malcolm H
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Hiking

Trail was perfect little wet in few spots but plenty of paths around. Love it highly recommend

Vanessa MacMillan
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Hiking

Beautiful 5 mile loop if you add in Whitehorse Ledge as well. I think it’s worth it, the lake is beautiful on the ground and you have a nice view from the top as well

Devin Spitze
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Hiking

Just follow the yellow paint road. Pack a lunch and enjoy the views up top

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Justin Morgan
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HikingRocky

Straightforward hike, not too difficult, really well marked trail. Beautiful views of the lake, mountainsides, and Moat Mountain further behind Echo lake.

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Donna MacKenzie
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SnowshoeingSnow

This was a moderate route around echo lake and up the now-closed- auto road. Got my heart pumping up the hill. Could even see Mount Washington after the snow squall went through.

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Patricia Powers
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Hiking

very very steep in places. exceptionally icy. a few areas for views at the top

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Karen Ann
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Hiking

We hiked from our home, around Echo Lake and over to Cathedral Ledge Road and stayed on the road (closed in winter) up to Cathedral Ledge. We then picked up the Bryce Path over to Whitehorse (microspikes STRONGLY recommended), staying on the edges of the woods to avoid thick ice on the ledges. At Whitehorse Ledge, we hiked up toward the back and took the Whitehorse trail back down to the lake and then headed home on foot. About 5-6 miles if you do it this way:)

Maya Milic-Strkalj
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Dec 28 2019
Hiking

Short, relatively steep hike. Great mountain views and of Echo Lake from the top. Hardly anyone on the trail midweek in the summer. Amazing views of Echo Lake and the mountains from the side of the lake - may be slightly off the trail as it's marked by Alltrails. Fee if parking near the lake at least.

Neal Gibeault
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Hiking

3.5 miles round trip : 1.5 hours. Parked at Echo Lake and took the yellow trail (Bryce trial) the whole way up and down. At the bottom where you hit the lake again you can take a left and go the opposite way around the lake back to parking instead of backtracking same direction. Easy - steep - easy - steep hike. Beautiful views at the top.

Susan Burton
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Hiking

As a 73 year old my perspective may be different, but I can't rate a trail as moderate that requires a prolonged climb over rocks. We chose to walk down by the road from the ridge rather than descend down that steep rocky area. I would consider it moderate if there were places where you needed to climb or scramble but they were broken up by level areas or at least areas where I could stay upright for long enough to get my bearings. I am relatively fit for my age and exertion is not the issue. The trail is well marked, and the view is lovely. But I suggest older hikers give serious thought to just driving the road to the lookout, and finding another trail!

tracy lockwood
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Hiking

Took Bryce trail to the top. Had two steep sections that I had to rest a few times but I haven't been hiking all summer. moderate hike that was well worth it. Took about 2 1/2hrs total with short breaks going up and pictures at peak

Alan Tate
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Hiking

Per New Hampshire State Parks Bryce Path with be closed from Bryce Link to the top of Cathedral Ledge beginning on Tuesday, September 17th through Friday, September 27th for trail repairs and upgrades. In addition there will no access downhill from Cathedral Ledge.

Brian Trezak
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Hiking

Exceptionally great hike. pretty easy for the most part except for two spots where it's a very steep climb with some loose gravel and shale. Took Bryce's Path to Cathedral ledge and the views do not disappoint!

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Bruno Nazario
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HikingRocky

We had some challenge with our 2 kids was really fun and the view pays for it!!!

Francois Berthiaume
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Hiking

Great hike, mostly flat but very steep when it’s not flat :)

Nichole Santosuosso
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HikingBugsRocky
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