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Fantastic view , make sure you have snow shoes

it was a gorgeous hike and decently challenging just take your time on the way down I sprained my lcl going to quickly

Took nearly 7 hours on snowshoes. Had to break the 2nd half of the trail.

Good winter hiking as heavily travelled, did hike in crampons.
Nice view from the top!

Difficult climb chose to do it the other day after a snowstorm. The hike was beautiful with the snow covered trees but unfortunately we had zero visibility at top but we still enjoyed the loop. Would like to revisit in the summer!

7 days ago

This hike was the completion of the Tupper Lake Triad challenge (third completion, 2 X Winter, 1 X Summer). This hike is one of those best bangs for the buck kinda mountains. When ever we have friends visiting who not not regularly hike, we take them on this hike.

8 days ago

Lovely falls and swimming hole. Very easy trail, trail is wheelchair accessible, but the beach is probably not.

Great hike, amazing views, and a lot of fun scrambles on this trail.

A long hike but much quicker than one would expect. The 14 mile length is deceiving, a slow hiker like myself being passed by most on the trail took about 9.5 hrs. Not a problem for a summer day hike.

Trail is crowded in the summer but well maintained and of a modest grade as far as high peaks trails go. Few to no views until you get to the alpine zone. Great views from the baren summit of course.

North trail currently has less snow. Great, desolate location. South trail (which I returned on) had deep snow still which made for a challenging hike back.

Hiked this back in August. It was my second high peak hike, so it was a long, rough day. The way up was uneventful, but still relatively steep and difficult. Summits were rainy and foggy with no views. It started pouring on the way down, making the one major section of steep rock pretty dangerous.

Trail was heavily trafficked with very friendly people. Took us about 8 hrs total. Highly recommend trekking poles (we didn't have them), your knees will thank you later.

Went 12/21/2017. Couldn't ask for a better first winter hike.

Sunny, 0° at the trailhead. Snow was too packed to use snowshoes. Summit was icy, didn't have microspikes but we did ok taking our time and jamming our trekking poles in the rock gaps. Summit was also crazy windy, about -15° (got a headache in the side of my face from the cold) but worth it for the 360° views you get at the top.

Did both Cascade & Porter in about 6 hours total, all 3 of us are in decent shape in our early 20s. Great views, rewarding hike, ate our fill in Placid afterwards.

21 days ago

Did as part of the Tupper Lake Triad today. All 3 little mountains is just under 8 miles. Fun to do all 3 in one day. Very short hike 2.2 miles total. Great views from summit. There is a fire tower but if you do not like them you do not need to climb it to have good views. Look for the little benches to see great views.

21 days ago

Easy little hike. Part of the Tupper Lake Triad. I did the three little mountains today. Easy trail with nice views at the top. About 2.2 miles round trip. Icy conditions today. If your using crampons (I did) it is a piece of cake.

23 days ago

The last of three for the day. Great climb. need spikes. There is a fire tower on top.

23 days ago

Beautiful view. Great climb. Trail was icy needed to wear spike. One of three for the day.

I LOVE this mountain. Absolutely wonderful Winter hike. I used microspikes but probably didn't need them. 45 degree day which was awesome. However, it was super windy & cold at the Summit. That was fine. This was my third Summit in under 24 hours (Rattlesnake & Poke-O before it). Amazing way to wrap up things up!

Great hike!!! Easy, but fairly long trail. views on top r stunning!!!

Beautiful day for a hike, 3 hours in and out. This was my second of the 6er. We also completed Baker shortly thereafter.

Nice views from the top!! If u start from the jack rabbit trail located near whiteface lane you can find a herd path which will be a lot easier then the one from 86. Also McKenzie and haystack u can do it in one day. Cheers to winter hikers!!!

Very icy! Crampons a must! Not much of a view from the summit.

This is a great day hike! I hiked both peaks 2/17, and the conditions were perfect. The snow was packed well enough to both peaks that I only used micro spikes. As others have said it's gusty at the top so bring an extra layer if you want to spend time up there! If I were to change anything, I would have brought trekking poles. Some sections of the descent were a bit hairy, and I fell on my butt a few times. I also would have gotten there sooner. I checked in at 3:05 PM. Knowing that I was battling daylight, I ran a good bit of the trail when it was level. Total time was 2 hr 24 min with about 10 minutes at the top of each peak. If you want a more comfortable pace, plan on 3.5-4 hrs. My GPS counted it at 5.9 miles round trip.

Awesome hike!!! Winter time crampons or snowshoes a must. !!! The summit has a gorgeous 360 view. Hike takes about 4-5 hrs. Enjoy!!!

this trail is a great little trail. there are so many rewards that is great for family of all ages. pets too. i love this trail. the rocks, trees, roots climbing every where. overlooks and all this before you get to the top. if you are looking for a easy fun trail this is the one. A MUST DO!!!!!!

Girlfriend (23) and I (22) are in decent cardio shape but don't get to do many big hikes often. Took us 3h40m of moving time going at a very leisurely pace up and a brisk walk down. 4.5 miles total. We went in mid February so there was a good amount of snow and the entire trail was covered with ice, less so at the summit.

Parking is a little confusing as it's right along the road. There are spaces off to the side though. I think we saw 3 little parking areas. The start to the trail can be missed but it's at the middle space and there are signs once you start. The trail is nicely marked the entire way.
This hike gets steep at some points but doesn't throw anything too crazy at ya. Balanced by flatter areas give you nice breaks. Pack water and some snacks as always.

We were bold and did not use any spikes--just regular hiking boots. Spikes definitely would have helped but going slow and using some sweet maneuvers there was enough space to sneak around the tricky parts and make it all the way up.

The wind was brutal at the top, had to hunker down so I wouldn't blow away. Under armour, t-shirt, and a wind breaker was fine for top. Wore shorts under insulated pants for bottoms. Hat and gloves are a must if you want to reach the peak. It was right around 30°F the entire day and we were lucky enough for the clouds to break and get some nice sun about half way through.

We decided not to hit Porters, which adds another .7 miles out then another back. You get there towards the top of Cascade trail.

All around a great day!

1 month ago

There are two trails, very scenic.The south rim has the greatest views. You can actually hike to the reservoir, and fish. I too would rate it moderate in spots.

We did it! Drove to cascade mountain from montreal with kids. 8 kids in total from 5 to 12 years old. It took about 3 hours to go up because we snacked a lot.

It's middle of February and the temperature was mild. We shed our layers just up to the junction but after that, it just got very very cold in the summit.

Microspikes were very helpful.

I brought 2L of water with hydration pack and drank it all.

A lot very steep ascend but doable. Just pace yourself, hydrate and snacka lot.

went with 17 and 12 yr old son and my 8 month old fox hound mix. Moderate hike....boys had no problem and dog made it even more fun. No problem hiking even at 8 month. views on top were even better than Mt Marcy and weather was perfect. Park in small lot at base of trail and head in Wonderful day with my boys!

1 month ago

Hadn’t ever been here before, but wanted to snowshoe someplace close to home; snow was plentiful. Pulling into the park, it looked as if the roads were occasionally maintained (plowed), but irregularly (might be wise to have something all wheel drive if you’re visiting from too far away).

Anywho. We set out to do the north rim, which is the trail depicted on this site. There is also a trail along the south rim, and they apparently join at the mouth of the gorge. We forgot to download the .gpx to my Garmin, so we ended up trail blazing straight up the middle of this sucker. It was an absolute blast! There is a creek that flows through it (ankle deep in most places, knee deep in some places), but we’ve had enough snow and cold enough weather to create some pretty impressive ice bridges basically everywhere we needed to cross. Really, we hit it at the right time, which allowed us to go up the middle. It didn’t appear that people do that very often, as we were breaking trail in knee deep snow the entire time. The gorge narrows quite a bit toward the mouth, so we weren’t able to make it all the way to the top using this route, but it sure was fun! Some “NatGeo” scenery alllllll day.

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