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We only visited the "tip of the iceberg" on this network of trails. We walked a variety of terrain from carriage trails to single-track mountain bike trails. There is signage and trailmarkers, but since we didn't have a map, we relied on AllTrails GPS track for navigation. There are some elevation changes, but generally the area is flat with beaver ponds and swamps throughout. We will need to go back when snow-covered to try snowshoeing here. A map designed by SMBA mountain bikers is here: http://www.saratogamtb.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SMBA-Map-Front-20156.pdf
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!
The "All Trails" map on this is totally inaccurate. If you follow the white to yellow to red then white trail blazes you go much farther then represented in this app. Also some of the uploaded photos are not accurate either. There are no views on the Hudson.
All that aside it's a great trail. It had some steep inclines, rocky paths, and water covered trail way. Wear boots because when I was here in December of 2016, sneakers were definitely not enough to keep my feet dry. If you find the abandoned farm house and want to get back to the parking lot an easy way, follow the trails over the stream and to the right. It's south west! That links you up the way you came but you skip over climbing to any mountain summits. It was about 2-3 miles back from there.
I suspect this was actually the East Mountain loop trail which is also on here.
I enjoyed this trail for what it is. It's fairly short as I kept a steady pace and made it to the summit in a little over an hour and back down in 45 minutes. I would assume it would have taken quicker if not for the icy conditions. Since most of the trail is walking on smooth rock, it can be slippery at times.
With that being said, the views up top are very rewarding for it being a fairly easy hike. The first half is steadily uphill and it evens out for the second half. There's a period of flat in the middle and from there you'll have about another half mile to the top. I would recommend this hike for most skill sets.