It's a long way down. We're probably talking at least five hundred feet from the top of Beech Cliffs to Echo Lake. It seems to be the perfect place to read a book, play guitar, or relax in a chair. Just watch the wind because it is straight down to a splash landing. Grandma is in the light blue shorts, and she is a young 85 years old outpacing her grandchildren to Beech Mountain's summit. The fire tower provides beautiful views of Cadillac Mountain and the Cranberry Isles. Bummer - the fire tower observation quarters are locked! Heading down Beech Mountain, Grandma accelerates her pace as we pause to take in Long Pond's immense size and ponder the next hike.

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