Elevation: 2,210 ft
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Shared By: Steve Marr on Apr 17, 2007 with updates from Ron Birk and 1 other
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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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 73
Maiming of the Shrew
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 43
Rocket
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 108
Skeletal Ribs
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
Avalanche
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
Cooler Sacrifice
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 31
The Shield
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Beeline
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
The Arete
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 22
Bucked-Toothed Chicken-Splitter
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
No Pigs
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 36
Mandrill
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Broken Dreams
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Piss of Fear
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
Live Free or Die - Part 2
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
 73
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Rocket 1. Square Inch Wall
 43
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Skeletal Ribs 1. Square Inch Wall
 108
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Avalanche 1. Square Inch Wall
 36
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Cooler Sacrifice 1. Square Inch Wall
 74
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Shield 2. The Shield
 31
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Beeline 1. Square Inch Wall
 47
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Arete 9. The Dream Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bucked-Toothed Chicken-Spli… 9. The Dream Wall
 22
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
No Pigs 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mandrill 1. Square Inch Wall
 36
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Broken Dreams 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Piss of Fear 1. Square Inch Wall
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Live Free or Die - Part 2 1. Square Inch Wall
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Just Roof'n Around 8. The Hone Wall "Pro…
 10
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
I experienced Echo for the first time the other day and I was not let down. I only climbed at the Square Inch Wall but it was awesome. Everything protects well and the variety of climbs are awesome. A great place to learn about trad climbing. Jul 9, 2010
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
If anybody who knows the crag well can make a list left to right of the routes for any or all of Echo's walls, post it up and I will sort them. Thanks. Feb 24, 2013
Hey Mark, this list is for the Square Inch Wall, from the left starting at Anna's Treat and heads right over into the next wall but whatever it's better than what's there. I have no idea where the other routes are. Thanks.

Anna's Treat
Cinch Sack
Live Free or Die - Part 2
Beeline
VH-1
Cooler Sacrifice
Three Belches
Mandrill
Ed's Weed Be Gone (The sheild)
Carpet Path (The grunge wall) Jun 25, 2014
M Sprague
New England
M Sprague   New England  
Thanks, Mike. I ordered those and combined the two entries for Carpet Path. I'll do Ed's Weed Be Gone later. We'll get it all accurate eventually :) If anybody has any more corrections or suggestions, let us know or use those blue "Improve This Page" buttons. Jun 25, 2014
Anyone know how long this cliff seeps after a summer rain? Sep 27, 2018