HIKE FOR EQUALITY: Cathedral Ledge

DATE: Jun 23, 2019
END DATE: Jun 23, 2019

Trip/Event Location: North Conway NH

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Campton, NH United States

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Max # People: 30

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

Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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Region: New England

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This year’s Pride Hike is run in association with North Conway’s first ever White Mountains Pride Festival!

Celebrate Gay Pride with Mike on this EASY TO MODERATE 5.2 mile loop hike with 722 feet elevation gain up to Cathedral Ledge from Echo Lake State Park. Please bring a rainbow flag to stick outside your pack as we “Hike For Equality”, continuing the fight for equal rights for all citizens and fostering a community where all LGBTQ members feel valued, included, and safe! We will have a few spare rainbow flags, not many, for you to borrow, if you don’t have one. You can also buy rainbow flags for this hike. Amazon sells a dozen 12x18 for $18.95 or a dozen 5x8 for $5.95

Cathedral Ledge is far better known to rock climbers than hikers but it provides some incredible views of the White Mountains and Saco River below! There are a couple of short, steep sections, up Cathedral Ledge. We’ll hike partly around Echo Lake, join up with the Bryce Path to take us up Cathedral Ledge. We’ll use Cathedral Ledge Road to descend and Bryce Link to hook back to the trails we took on the ascent. 

GayOutdoors will also have a booth to promote our club at the White Mountains Pride Festival on Saturday, June 29th. Mark your calendars for this fun event in North Conway, NH!

What to wear/bring: Wear clothing suitable for a hike. Hike in layers. It’s best not to wear any cotton/blue jeans. Carry a pack with a rain jacket inside in the event of wind or inclement weather. Also carry 1 liter of water, snacks and anything else you may require for a day hike. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Après Hike Social Mixer: Following the hike, the Flatbread Pizza Company in North Conway will be hosting us for a luncheon afterward. While everyone has to buy their own lunch/beverages, this social mixer will provide everyone a chance to talk about today’s hike, upcoming events for White Mountains Pride week, and plan for future summer adventures!  We’ll update this page once we know who will be hosting the lunch/social mixer.  

Bunk Beds Lodging Option [Men Only]: Bunk beds are available at our house [with Wi Fi] near Waterville Valley, NH for Friday and/or Saturday nights. It's $25 per night. Please note that I live 1 ½ hours away from North Conway off of I-93. Coffee/bagels each morning and linen/blankets/towels are provided. We’ll have dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday night. Space is limited so email ASAP to reserve a bunk!

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS HIKE. We highly recommend you become a GO member and sign up on this page to receive updates as we get closer to the hike. If not, then at least email Mike to let him know you will be attending and how many in your party.

We are meeting at 10:00AM at Echo Lake State Park. Please note that there is a $4 entry free to enter and park at Echo Lake State Park. We’ll be meeting at the trailhead kiosk inside the park. I’ll be wearing a GO hat and have a rainbow flag sticking outside his pack. 

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.

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