Cathedral Ledge
Cathedral Ledge
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  • Laura In Maine
    Raymond, Maine146 contributions
    Beautiful hike from echo lake
    We parked at echo lake state park ($4/person), hiked around the like, up Bryce trail. First we veered left at the top to white horse ledge. Amazing views. We had the entire area to ourselves. Then we doubled back to cathedral ledge. Beautiful views but not as amazing oddly enough. Then we took the road down because I was in sneakers and woah that trail is steep. The road was an easy walk down. We cut back over to Bryce trail around the bathroom past the gate. Then back to echo lake. Overall an insanely beautiful walk. Total of about 5.5 miles and 3 hours walking slow. 1000 foot elevation gain.
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2020
  • mh2509
    Boston, Massachusetts195 contributions
    2.2 mile hike on the service road
    The parking lot at the top of the Cathedral Ledge is closed due to Covid. No one can use the service road and therefore we decided to use the service road and not the trail through the woods. 1.1 miles from the gate to the top. It took us 27 minutes up and 22 minutes down. The elevation difference is 564 ft. Some part of the service road is steep, but we saw families with small kids make it to the top. Since it’s a service road everything is paved and you can’t get lost. We heard from hikers who used the trail that they had to utilize their GPS because the trail was not marked well. The view from on top is fantastic and I can highly recommend to do it early in the day to skip the crowd. You can also find parking near the gate easily if you go early.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2020
  • SuperAdventure
    Williamsburg, Virginia110 contributions
    Cathedral Ledge
    Short drive from North Conway. The road up isn't that long and this is worth a quick trip up while staying in North Conway. Nice view of the town from here. We could see our hotel from the top. Probably spent 15 minutes driving up and looking at the view. A lady was getting her ropes ready to rock climb here while we were there.
    Visited June 2021
    Written June 27, 2021
  • BostonExec101
    Newton, Massachusetts55 contributions
    Worth the view, even in the winter
    We've hiked Cathedral Ledge many times in the spring and fall. We recently hiked it for the first time in the winter with the road covered in snow and it is worth every drop of sweat and toil! The hike in the winter is definitely harder. Dress in layers because going up is hot even if it is 15 degrees out but you will definitely feel the real temp when you are coming down. Figure 40-60 minutes going up in the winter and 20-30 minutes coming down. Nice break from skiing and snowmobiling without spending any $$$. The view as always is spectacular.
    Visited February 2021
    Written February 17, 2021
  • cenzt
    Iowa5,801 contributions
    Climbing to the Top of Cathedral Ledge
    Good trip! We arrived at approximately 3:15 pm and parked near the entrance of the bottom of the trail. The roadway leading up to Cathedral Ledge was closed, so we had to hike up multiple parts of steep winding roadway. This was the hardest part of the hike and was definitely strenuous in my opinion. However, once we reached the top, it was a short easy hike to Cathedral Ledge. The views at the top were amazing and truly breathtaking. I also felt safe, as there was a barrier that was surrounding the entire ledge. Tip: I recommend spending 1.5 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
    Visited August 2020
    Written June 16, 2021
  • Brian T
    Boston, Massachusetts103 contributions
    Great Snowshoe Hike with nice views as a reward
    The road to the top is not plowed in the winter time, so it provides a good path to snowshoe to the top to see the views from the ledge. It is about 1 mile with pretty much an incline pitch the entire way. You can also just walk up in boots as we saw several people do so the day we did it, but the snowshoeing provides for some more exercise. The views at the top are pretty nice, and make for a great break before your decent. It took us about 50 mins to hike up, and 25 mins to come down, this was at a very reasonable pace. If you decide to do this, just drive in following the signs to the Ledge, you will see cars parked by a gate along the side of the road. Also neat to see all the climbers scaling the ice with ropes. Nice free activity with good exercise.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 21, 2020
  • Steven D
    5 contributions
    Great hike for me my wife and puppy!
    First off, everyone should know that no automobiles are allowed on the road although I was a bit disappointed because that would be pretty sweet such as a beautiful view with not much effort! Hopefully it comes back soon! It took maybe 30 to 45 minutes to go up and it’s pretty steep but there was pets and kids and older people going up but I do want to suggest to wear the right shoes and bring plenty of water! We brought a battery powered misting fan and it was awesome on a hot day haha. The view is great at the top there’s three or four corners of viewing points. It is a pretty busy place to go and we decided to go here after Diana‘s baths was way too busy. If you’re interested in waterfalls go early before 9 AM. We got here at like 10 AM in the parking lot had plenty of places but no public restrooms.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2020
  • angelmusicmaven
    New York City, New York226 contributions
    Good trail for autumn walk
    Went there on Halloween. Got to the lot via GPS and, as folks mentioned, did the hike up the closed roadway. This is a good one to do in the fall as you won't encounter the slippery leaf issue and hidden tripping hazards as you do with trails in general at this time. Steady uphill climb with some straight aways and a rewarding view at the top! Good for any fitness level, if you're less fit just pace yourself. Noticed at was getting more crowded at the top at about 1ish.
    Visited November 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2020
  • evert2004
    Vassalboro, Maine38 contributions
    Good hike toward nice views.
    We hiked up the access road to the summit, It was steep, but better than the trail. 30 minutes up, and 20 minutes down. Round trip 2.4 miles. It was humid, hazy and cloudy, but I am confident that the views of Mt. Washington would have been stunning on a clear day. We will go back.
    Visited June 2020
    Written June 25, 2020
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,883 contributions
    Fantastic view
    The views are magnificent as is the large slab of granite rock face that you can see from the top. Part of the summit is surrounded by fence and part is not – further up to the right, and over the granite. You get beautiful views from the entire area. Be careful on the granite. At one point, I was trying to come down on a not too steep area with a very short drop and I slipped as the granite was slightly wet – and it’s a sick feeling when you are sliding and can not do anything to stop yourself. Again, I only slid a very short distance into some dirt and a tree – and so no harm done at all (other than dirt on my pants), but given the steep drops near the edge, it obviously could have been much worse. Hold on to kids in the area that is not fenced.
    Visited October 2021
    Written October 20, 2021
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BostonExec101
Newton, MA55 contributions
Feb 2021
We've hiked Cathedral Ledge many times in the spring and fall. We recently hiked it for the first time in the winter with the road covered in snow and it is worth every drop of sweat and toil! The hike in the winter is definitely harder. Dress in layers because going up is hot even if it is 15 degrees out but you will definitely feel the real temp when you are coming down. Figure 40-60 minutes going up in the winter and 20-30 minutes coming down. Nice break from skiing and snowmobiling without spending any $$$. The view as always is spectacular.
Written February 17, 2021
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cenzt
Iowa5,801 contributions
Aug 2020
Good trip! We arrived at approximately 3:15 pm and parked near the entrance of the bottom of the trail. The roadway leading up to Cathedral Ledge was closed, so we had to hike up multiple parts of steep winding roadway. This was the hardest part of the hike and was definitely strenuous in my opinion. However, once we reached the top, it was a short easy hike to Cathedral Ledge. The views at the top were amazing and truly breathtaking. I also felt safe, as there was a barrier that was surrounding the entire ledge.

Tip: I recommend spending 1.5 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
Written June 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brian T
Boston, MA103 contributions
Jan 2020
The road to the top is not plowed in the winter time, so it provides a good path to snowshoe to the top to see the views from the ledge. It is about 1 mile with pretty much an incline pitch the entire way. You can also just walk up in boots as we saw several people do so the day we did it, but the snowshoeing provides for some more exercise. The views at the top are pretty nice, and make for a great break before your decent. It took us about 50 mins to hike up, and 25 mins to come down, this was at a very reasonable pace. If you decide to do this, just drive in following the signs to the Ledge, you will see cars parked by a gate along the side of the road. Also neat to see all the climbers scaling the ice with ropes. Nice free activity with good exercise.
Written January 21, 2020
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Steven D
5 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
First off, everyone should know that no automobiles are allowed on the road although I was a bit disappointed because that would be pretty sweet such as a beautiful view with not much effort! Hopefully it comes back soon! It took maybe 30 to 45 minutes to go up and it’s pretty steep but there was pets and kids and older people going up but I do want to suggest to wear the right shoes and bring plenty of water! We brought a battery powered misting fan and it was awesome on a hot day haha. The view is great at the top there’s three or four corners of viewing points. It is a pretty busy place to go and we decided to go here after Diana‘s baths was way too busy. If you’re interested in waterfalls go early before 9 AM. We got here at like 10 AM in the parking lot had plenty of places but no public restrooms.
Written August 17, 2020
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angelmusicmaven
New York City, NY226 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Went there on Halloween. Got to the lot via GPS and, as folks mentioned, did the hike up the closed roadway. This is a good one to do in the fall as you won't encounter the slippery leaf issue and hidden tripping hazards as you do with trails in general at this time. Steady uphill climb with some straight aways and a rewarding view at the top! Good for any fitness level, if you're less fit just pace yourself. Noticed at was getting more crowded at the top at about 1ish.
Written November 2, 2020
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evert2004
Vassalboro, ME38 contributions
Jun 2020
We hiked up the access road to the summit, It was steep, but better than the trail. 30 minutes up, and 20 minutes down. Round trip 2.4 miles. It was humid, hazy and cloudy, but I am confident that the views of Mt. Washington would have been stunning on a clear day. We will go back.
Written June 25, 2020
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,883 contributions
Oct 2021
The views are magnificent as is the large slab of granite rock face that you can see from the top. Part of the summit is surrounded by fence and part is not – further up to the right, and over the granite. You get beautiful views from the entire area. Be careful on the granite. At one point, I was trying to come down on a not too steep area with a very short drop and I slipped as the granite was slightly wet – and it’s a sick feeling when you are sliding and can not do anything to stop yourself. Again, I only slid a very short distance into some dirt and a tree – and so no harm done at all (other than dirt on my pants), but given the steep drops near the edge, it obviously could have been much worse. Hold on to kids in the area that is not fenced.
Written October 21, 2021
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Tammy J
16 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
One in a wheelchair and one on a cane and we had no problem getting to the 1st overlook about 200 ft. from where we parked the car. The rest of the party went to the 2nd lookout that was not wheelchair or accessible and on a cane questionable. Definitely recommend this stop.
Written August 10, 2023
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tracyhenry
Dresden, Canada8 contributions
Aug 2022
We weren't sure where we were going but we drove a very steep hill for about a mile and we reached the top of the ledge. Lots of barriers to protect you and lots of warning signs to not throw anything over the edge. Just as we got there, there was two young local men climbing up the side of the mountain. They explained what they were doing and how they learnt. Just locals that do this for fun and learnt from other young lads. Beautiful scenery and really only a short drive from the main highway
Written September 18, 2022
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,519 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Cathedral ledge is very easy to get to, and it is a nice viewpoint. I only gave it a rating of four because so many of the other attractions in the area are outstanding. This is a nice spot with a very low cost to visit and is easy to access. Views are good.
Written October 8, 2021
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