Cathedral Ledge Trail

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Cathedral Ledge Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
380 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing


rock climbing








1 month ago

We had non-hikers in our party, so we did this as a one-way trail from the parking lot at Echo Lake to the parking lot at Cathedral Ledge. I did not like this trail because the views from the path were never any better (and usually much worse) than the views one could reach via a short walk from the parking lot at either end.

2 months ago

Great entry level Winter hike. Took this hike for the first time ever. (Good any season but busy I bet in the summer). Not sure why I have never done it before it’s great. This is our first year winter hiking so after our first real snow of the season we wanted to kick off the winter hiking. This one seemed like a safe place to start winter hiking- and it is. It would be a Great spot to snowshoe for the first time even if you just go around Echo Lake (about a mile- flat and pretty)
Didn’t need our snowshoes this time (not enough snow) just our regular crampons and hiking poles.
Added the hike Bryce Path to make it to the top of Cathedral Ledge. This is a must to get the view!
Pretty easy hike even with the snow and slippery leave areas. Needed the crampons in the few steeper areas. These would not be considered steep in the summer but the snow added to our need for careful steps in those areas. Very doable though. Trail is well marked.
Amazing to get to the top of Cathedral Ledge and not find any people. Road Up is closed in the winter)
Great views from the Ledge of North Conway area and Cranmore Ski Mountain....and even the mile around Echo Lake at the beginning is pretty.

3 months ago

Very steep. Worth it.

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.

5 months ago

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

8 months ago

It is a misty day so the visibility isn't great. From the top of cathedral Ledge I hiked down the Bryce Path, up to Whitehorse Ledge and back up Bryce Path. Rocky and steep and I enjoyed every minute of it. A misty day is perfect for hiking in the woods.

9 months ago

short but steep for most of it. The top offers some pretty awesome views.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

It was slippery with the leaves on the ground. you have to be pretty fit to go up. The sense of accomplishment at the top is all worth it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I really liked this trail. It's quick and fun and gets the blood flowing. Also, the view from the top is beautiful and peaceful. I took a quasi-nap before walking down the road back to my car. It took me a while to find the entrance. If you miss it (it's the very first trail on the road up on the left) then you'll most likely (like myself and many other people I noticed) will end up in front of a sign for Cathedral Ledge climbing that explains how to do the trail but is actually not where the trailhead is (if you notice a bunch of rock climbers you've most likely gone one sign too far). Hopefully this will help save at least one person 20 minutes of driving around looking for it

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Tip to find most direct route to Cathedral Ledge. Enter from 1st trailhead on Cathedral Ledge Road. (Entering from other trail heads can be confusing, as others have reported) Follow yellow blazes, take right at Bryce Trail marker to the top. (If you look at the back of the sign you might think you are going the wrong direction. You're not. Continue to follow yellow on Bryce Trail.)

Approx. one hour hike with some steep segments. Good intro to steep hiking. Superb views at top. Pack a lunch and eat on rock ledge.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Very nice

Monday, July 11, 2016

Not clearly marked. Great work out though. Not exactly easy but when you get up its an accomplishment. You can also take the auto road down. Great day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Loved this area! Beautiful hike. The trails are not clearly marked so it's easy to get turned around. The hike up the side of the mountain is moderate to difficult, but if you're just there for the view, there's a parking lot at the top!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Very nice

Saturday, January 30, 2016

We took the auto road up and the short hike to Cathedral Ledge in July 2002 as a postlude to our eventful drive up Mt. Washington on a very windy day. From Mt. Washington, we traveled down 16 to Conway, took a right on 302 and then a left onto West Road and onto Cathedral Rock road to the top for a great view. We saw climbers scaling the cliffs and saw a hawk or peregrine falcon that was upset with the climbers. Echo Lake State Park is a great destination and not to be missed if you're in the neighborhood.

Monday, August 24, 2015

All I can truly say about Cathedral ledge is that it's breathtaking. The view is unparalleled even on such an overcast and less than "ideal for sightseeing' weather day. It was cloudy, overcast, and off and on raining during our visit to this attraction. We drove to the summit and parked at the top. Hiked the well marked off yellow trails with 2 young ladies under 7 years old in-tow. Fantastic walking paths and the girls really dug the amazing view afforded by the ledge. There is a small and rickety chain link fence keeping visitors away from danger. Great for families with younger kids. Still not an excuse to not watch your children lol. We also Geocache and there is a nice little cache stashed away here that made a nice addition to our visit whilst here. Such an amazing vista here...soak it all in and enjoy nature at it's finest at this park! 5 STARS.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fun, steep at parts

rock climbing
Monday, February 09, 2015

Some friends and I took a mountaineering course from EMS, and they took us to this nice spot to get us started. Great area with light grade and not to tall for beginers in the Ice Climbing Sport.

13 days ago

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