Over the past week, as part of our "Routes" series for those runners who stay with us at our condo or in the area, we have featured 2 local paths close to the condo: the "Cow Hill Loop" and the "302." Today we feature one that is a short drive from our condo - The "Cathedral Climb." This route starts at Echo lake (which by itself is worth a visit...especially if you have kids) and makes its way to the Cathedral Ledge - a great spot for pictures of the local area and beautiful views of Echo lake from far above. This route is a tremendous climb moving from slightly under 500 feet to over 1000 feet at the high point. It is an extremely tough run in that the climb to the top of Cathedral Ledge does not really let up meaning the burn on the legs will be high as there is basically no letup till the top.
With that said, one could take a break at the top and take in the following view (among many others)
Outside of running this route, another option is to simply visit by driving to the top as there are small hiking paths and wonderous views - From what I have been told (but have not done), one can hike from Echo lake far below to the top of Cathedral ledge (click here for more information on Cathedral Ledge). And if you are a rock climber, this area is well known for such as people every day scale this rock feature (though again, I have not achieved such and probably will never).
As for running the path, here are the details
Total Route: 5.25 Miles
Total Elevation High Low of 302: 495ft / 1000 ft
Easiest Path: Honestly, I don't know of an easy way to run this route as going up and down does not offer an edge in climbing the Cathedral route.
Hardest Path: It's just hard!
from the Author
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