TRIPS & EVENTS

White Horse and Cathedral Ledges Hike

Hiking/Walk
DATE: Dec 29, 2018 Saturday
END DATE: Dec 29, 2018 Saturday

Trip/Event Location: North Conway NH

Trip Leader(s)


Gandalf
Campton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Manchester, NH United States

Meeting Time: 10:30 AM

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level:

Moderate

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Region: New England

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Summary

White Horse [1450 ft.] and Cathedral [1159 ft.], these little cliff-faced peaks are far better known to rock climbers than hikers, but they each boast good view ledges accessible to ordinary folks! Formed during the retreat of the last ice-age, the sheer granite faces on both Cathedral Ledge and Whitehorse Ledge are clearly visible on the left side of the road when traveling north on Route 16 thru North Conway Village. Both of these Ledges have been a favorite destination for visitors to the area for many generations. We'll enjoy the experiences and vistas that the Ledges offer.

The trail may be covered with snow in spots so a traction device of some sort like MicroSpikes would be helpful. Winter boots recommended but not required. Bring lunch, water and dress in layers.

We will be hiking up the Bryce Path and head to the summit of Cathedral Ledge. We’ll then take the White Horse Ledge Trail to the summit of White Horse Ledge. The view from both summits is spectacular into the North Conway valley & surrounding mountain ranges. 4.9 miles round trip, 1,400' elevation gain, 3.5-4 hours.

Make sure to bring gear for an early winter hike. Gloves, hats, raingear are all mandatory. You should be prepared with wicking layers and wear NO COTTON.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us in advance.

Après Hiking Dinner:  Everyone is welcome to join us back at our house in Waterville Valley to relax beside our fireplace views of the Sandwich Mountain/Mad River [BYOB and bring snacks] followed by one of Jon's delicious dinners. We ask $10 per person to help pay for our food costs. Showers are available so bring a change of clothing to make your visit with us more comfortable.

Lodging Option: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday night. It’s $25 for Friday night and $35 for Saturday that includes dinner. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Trailhead is at Echo Lake State Park is located off from West Side Road.

From I-93: Exit 23 onto Route 104 East. Follow Route 104 east to Route 25 North. Turn left onto NH 16 North to North Conway. Follow signs to Echo Lake State Park off River Road.

From I-95: Take Route 16 North to North Conway and turn left onto River Road. Follow signs to Echo Lake State Park.

You can also use Google Maps to get directions. 

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Campton, NH


United States
JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States

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Philip

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Tuftonboro, NH


United States
Bobcat

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Upton, MA


United States
jrdhiker

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Upton, MA


United States
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