Lake/Cathedral Ledge State Park
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Slab Yourself Silly
Ever wondered what a giant wave might look like in stone form? Look no further than Whitehorse Ledge. Massive slabs of granite provide a playground for rock climbers, offering more than seven pitches worth of class four and five climbing, as well as great photo ops. The first few hundred feet, scramble-able off belay, are home to several memorable features, such as "the toilet bowl" and "the launch pad", from which you can situate yourself, belay, or scope out the rest of your route. A great view of the nearby Cathedral Ledges can also be seen starting at the launch pad. The area is easily accessible; just take the White Mountain Highway to River Road (outside North Conway), and head on toward Hale's Location Golf Course, situated off Old West Side Road. The early bird gets the worm on this one; as with many popular climbing spots, the slabs can fill up quickly (especially with guided groups on the weekend). And unless you're staying at the White Mountain Hotel & Resort at Hale's, you'll have to park in the section just below the lodging's lot. Regardless, it should still only take you about ten minutes to hike in from there, as the slabs are located just behind the resort's main building. Should you want to change it up and visit the Cathedrals, make a left out of the White Mountain Hotel driveway, continue on to Old West Side Road, then turn to Cathedral Ledge Road. Roadside parking and bathrooms can be found here, although many climbs require more hiking to reach.
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