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Good country ski trail.

4 days ago

Nice. Great views.

5 days ago

Beautiful. A wintry wonderland.

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!

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.

Avalanche Pass approach was spectacular. Very strenuous 9 hour loop with little looking around. Great views up top, but the micro-climates in the pass combined with the solitude and trail improvements made the bottom the best part.

Struck me how warm it was for late November on an Adirondack high peak. No ice. All mud.

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.

A difficult hike worth the view. Highly recommend crampons in the winter season because half the trail is ice

Nice hike not too difficult. View is great as well.

27 days ago

great views of cascade mt./lake. definitely more of a challenge than easy rating would imply (especially last 1/4) which was a rocky hand climb). would recommend but NOT with a dog again.

29 days ago

This trail looks to be in pretty bad shape. Very wide, lots of mud and signs asking people to bury their human waste off trail.

When I was a child the dam was a beautiful sight and a magical place. After Hurricane Irene, it looks like the damn is now going to be left to rot. What a shame.

I would probably only be on this trail in the future out of necessity.

Foot trail is extremely difficult with loose rocks, trees & roots and water falling from multiple sources. If you take your time however and are up for a challenge go for it. Not for the beginner, that's for sure.


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

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!

Three of us in our twenties did this hike on Tuesday morning. The first few miles started out mostly just walking through the forest which is was quite easy however as we started to climb the running water turned to ice which was big challenge without spikes. The last mile before the summit is where the trail gets challenging which makes the distance seem much longer. Would recommend the trail this time of year but next time we would definitely bring spikes along!