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Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

MODERATE 146 reviews
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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 2217 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.


5 hours ago

Rough in some spots but the views were totally worth it! Only wish we could have stayed longer, got a late start. But what an amazing trek!


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12 days ago

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We have hiked this 4 times with kids & dogs. We are all in shape and hike often. This trail does require some stamina - there are some steep parts, but overall is an easy trail for a high peak. Was disappointed last time to find inexperienced hikers & their dog (who were all very out of shape - including the dog who seized up and couldn't walk) I would highly recommend cascade mountain for a first high peak. I love to go to the top and have a picnic and just lay on the rocks for the afternoon. The views are the very best part and well worth the work it takes to get there!!


17 days ago

hiking

We did this hike a couple of weeks ago with a 12, 9 and 6 year old and 2 dogs. It was a good hike not too challenging. The views were awesome.


18 days ago

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It was rocky but had great views.


18 days ago

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great hike, gradual uphill, well maintained, easy rocks- took 4 teens & we loved it. views well worth the time!


23 days ago

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This trail leads to Cascade summit and Porter summit. Cascade has by far the best view. If your time is limited you can skip Porter. I did it as my 3rd 46er. Only 43 to go...


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24 days ago

Great hike-excellent views!


25 days ago

hiking

This was a nice trail with a few little rock scrambles that weren't to bad. The trail is very well defined and easy to follow. I arrived early to get a head start on the crowd. The trek over to Porter was ok with some views, but the summit of Cascade was much better. The summit quickly filled up with people and pets. On my decent the trail became very crowded with people ascending and descending.


30 days ago

hiking

Phenomenal views, relatively easy hike! Easiest of the 46. Great views from Cascade, lesser views from porter but still a great hike worth the effort.


1 month ago

Nice!


1 month ago

Beautiful summits. Well worth the effort.


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1 month ago

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Great view from Cascade peak. Pretty windy and chilly at top even though warm summer day. Last .3 mile rock scramble. Fun!! Porter add on was worth it...get a view of Cascade Mt.