OverviewAlthough less well known than its neighbors, at 11,168 feet Echo Ridge is a local high point and prominent ridge in the vicinity of Cathedral Peak. As the highest point in the Cathedral Range northwest of Vogelsang Peak, it presents fine views of nearby Cathedral Peak, the Cockscomb, Matthes Crest and of course the Echo Peaks.
Echo Ridge is a fun class 2/3 scramble from Echo Col to the southwest and class 4 from the Cockscomb to the northeast. It is often tagged as part of a traverse of the Cathedral Range.
The route from the southwest begins at 'Wilts Col', the saddle between the Echo Peaks and Echo Ridge. Initially the route ascends slabs and talus slopes but by staying toward the south you can eventually gain a high quality granite ridge which offers sweet exposure and prime views of Matthes Crest and beyond. Follow the ridge to the summit for the most exciting route or head back onto lower talus to the north for less exposed but looser passage.
The ridge is 4th class from the northeast. If traversing from the Cockscomb, the 4th class can be bypassed by staying on easy 2nd class slopes to the south of the ridge which will deposit you at Echo Col and the southwest route. More information on the 4th class route will be forthcoming but in the interim please contact me if you have additional details you would like to add.