Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

MODERATE 181 reviews

Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles 2453 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

4,098 feet, Cascade Mountain (ADK #36 @ 4,098') and Porter (ADK #38 @ 4,059') are two of the easier high peak trails and very popular. The Cascade Trail can be steep st times with a few easy rock scrambles but it is not an overly tough trail. There is an excellent waterfall along the trail and amazing views at the summit. You can turn around and head back down or continue on to Porter for another High Peak. The trail to Porter is not as heavily traveled and offers some excellent woods. These two 46er's a good start for you list as they are right off Rt. 73. This 4,098' tall peak along with it's neighbor Porter at 4,084 are great starter peaks for aspiring 46ers as they are close to the road an a relatively easy climb, albeit steep. When you get to the junction and you are tired take the time to rest on Cascade and continue on to Porter as this is the easiest way to get both mountains.

hiking
1 hour ago

First high peak hikes! Great for beginners, the accent was not too steep and the mileage not too far. It was cold and wintry when we got to the summit of cascade, our ice traction shoes and poles were much needed.(doable with out but would have been risky) the hike to porter was easy to follow, slightly less traveled. I recommend climbing the first big rock you see( that you might mistake as the summit) beautiful views!! The summit from there is maybe another five minute walk. Wonderful awe inspiring experience, I would recommend to take in the winter because the snow capped mountains are breathtaking. The weather changes fast up that high so bring layers, and be smart! Good hiking, enjoy!

6 days ago

Excellent hike and great views. It was crazy windy and cold at the top of Cascade. I wasn't geared up right for the snow and ice, so it was harder than it should have been for me. This was my first high peak and I'm hooked now.

hiking
20 days ago

Incredible views from both Cascade & Porter. Easy double high peak checkmark. Summer or winter. Continues to remain ridiculously popular. Get there crazy early and back your car in or go in January, February for a more solitary experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Micro spikes needed October through April. Weather changes quickly. Great views at Cascade summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet. Awesome half day mountain hike! We are in our twenties and it took us 1.5 hrs to the top and a similar time back down. There are some steep sections but we didn't find the trail overly challenging (We used spikes which made a big difference when tackling the sections that were completely iced over). Dress warmly because the top is very cold and windy but the views are well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Cascade this past weekend and thought it was a rather challenging little hike. Quite a steep elevation in a short distance. The trail was also very rocky so this did a number on our thighs and knees (particularly on the descent). There were a few areas where you had to rock scramble. It did not help that during our hike it rained, hailed and snowed! We had absolutely no visibility at the top due to the weather and the summit was extremely windy and icy. Our legs were absolutely burning by the time we returned to the car. All in all it was a very nice hike notwithstanding the extreme weather conditions.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

amazing veiws from Cascade . Porter had a lot of trees which really took away from the veiw but it was still pretty. Pretty steep uphill hike but nothing too crazy. I went with my Father who hasn't hiked in a couple years and he had a hard time on the decent as it can be pretty tough on your knees . Some of the best veiws in the adirondacks in my opinion from cascade.

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walking
1 month ago

Ummmmm. Beautiful. The rock mountain top makes it amazing for seeing all around.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful summit and good steeps.

2 months ago

Awesome trail! Do porter and cascade together!

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. Moderate difficulty. Well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

This was a very good hike for beginners and very rewarding. There a few points before the summit that you can stop and look out on your progress. The actual summit has a nice 360 view but can be a bit windy. The extra half mile or so to porter is a little narrow but is clear enough to navigate. The view there is not as nice as cascade but has a good spot to stop and soak it all in. I would do porter first and save cascade for last as it is the better of the two.

Again, it's a nice short hike that is a pretty constant steady incline and could be done easily in less than 5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Everything it's said to be. Wonderful hike and great views from the bald summit. Many people on the trail and on top.

hiking
2 months ago

nice and easy hike. I thought cascade had a much better view from the top but had a good time doing both.