Elevation: 2,210 ft
GPS: 44.178, -71.689 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Apr 17, 2007 with improvements by Ron Birk and 1 other
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

Echo Crag is a small, single pitch trad climbing area on the northeast side of Franconia Notch that overlooks Echo Lake and the ski slopes of Cannon Mountain. Despite its diminutive stature when compared to most of the other Franconia Notch crags, Echo has a surprising diversity of good climbs at all levels. Most of the shorter, moderate routes are located on the left (north) side of the crag, while the right (south) side boasts the longer, more difficult routes. The quality of the rock is generally good on the well traveled routes, with a little loose stuff here and there and vegetation in between some of the climbs. Most of the routes have either bolted anchors or slings at the top, but due to the steep slope above the crag they have to be led to set up a top rope. Unfortunately, the cliff stays wet from seepage well into the spring, and after any amount of rain. But in the summer, the shaded cliff with great views back towards Cannon, Echo Lake, and Artist’s Bluff make this a great place to climb. If you make the hike in and find the rock too wet to climb, you can always try Profile Cliff (about 10 minutes up the hill from Echo). Echo’s a great alternative to avoid Rumney’s crowds and Cannon’s approach.

Getting There

Drive north on I-93 into Franconia Notch State Park. Continue past the big walls of Cannon and Hounds Hump Ridge to the north side of the Notch. Take Exit 34C (the same exit for the Echo Lake beach) and turn right towards the Governor Gallen Memorial (if you go under the parkway overpass you’ve gone to far). The trail to Echo Crag starts behind the green highway sign just past the exit. To park, continue towards the memorial past the obvious right hand curve. The safest bet is to park at the end of the road near the memorial and hike back up. You can also park along the road after the curve (if you park on the curve or near the trail head you’ll get ticketed or worse). Be warned that a few break ins have occurred at Echo, so secure your valuables, don’t leave anything in plain sight, and lock your vehicle! Hike up to the road sign, and follow the easy path for about 10 minutes back to the crag. About half way down the trail, you’ll come to a jumble of boulders and tress. To the left is a faint trail that leads up to Profile cliff (another 10-15 minutes of hiking). Continue straight to Echo – the first wall will be a somewhat dirty, 20-foot high bouldering wall, followed by the Square Inch Wall. Continue along the base of the crag to reach the other walls.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Crag

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 88
Maiming of the Shrew
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 48
Rocket
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 135
Skeletal Ribs
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 23
Sleep in the Dry Spot
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 84
Cooler Sacrifice
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 85
VH-1
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 33
The Shield
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 53
Beeline
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 63
The Arete
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 27
Bucked-Toothed Chicken-Splitter
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
No Pigs
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Broken Dreams
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Mandrill
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Three Belches
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Just Roof'n Around
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Maiming of the Shrew 1. Square Inch Wall
 88
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Rocket 1. Square Inch Wall
 48
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Skeletal Ribs 1. Square Inch Wall
 135
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Sleep in the Dry Spot 3. Grunge Wall
 23
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Cooler Sacrifice 1. Square Inch Wall
 84
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
VH-1 1. Square Inch Wall
 85
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Shield 2. The Shield
 33
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Beeline 1. Square Inch Wall
 53
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Arete 9. The Dream Wall
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bucked-Toothed Chicken-Spli… 9. The Dream Wall
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
No Pigs 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Broken Dreams 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 34
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mandrill 1. Square Inch Wall
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Three Belches 1. Square Inch Wall
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Just Roof'n Around 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 10
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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