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There isn’t much to add that others mention here. This hike will humble you and then reward you with spectacular views!

1 day ago

Did this trail last summer as a side trip from a canoe camping trip. It was definitely a challenge, especially for the dog we had with us (had to be pushed up and handed down some of the steeper scrambles). What a view from the top though. We could look down and see all the areas we had just paddled through and it gave an amazing perspective.

Highly recommend doing this in conjunction with a paddling trip

snowshoeing
3 days ago

awesome winter hike!

So far this is my favorite fire tower hike!

Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

The hike was nice and easygoing as we just needed microspikes for this hike. There was a little ice in places but very doable. You could see the snowmobilers riding across the lake.

Sunny ski, beautiful view. Do not consider it as a challenge. it's just fun. easier with microspikes

Completed this hike over the weekend. It was about 28 degrees out—perfect for a winter hike. The views were amazing. Very easy to navigate and microspikes were essential!

hiking
16 days ago

Did this with a friend 0107 and chased daylight. Easy hike up until the last mile or so. Crampons are lifesavers. Lots of ice, but with the recent snowfall, it was a good cover which helped with traction. Trekking poles were a big help too. Easy to locate trailhead. Took us about 4-5 hrs round trip with lots of gear on our back and with taking stops to reorganize and take some pictures.
This was our first winter hike ever. Highly recommend.

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy Hike. Did this hike about 13 years ago in the summer time. We were in the area for a blue grass festival. The views were amazing, and the weather was awesome. We even saw a baby cub about 50 yards away on the trail.

Perfect day out for a winter ascent. No need for showshoes, although we brought them the whole way up and down with us just in case. Definitely need microspikes the whole hike (we did see two guys without but I’m not sure how well they managed descending without). Packed snow the whole trail - easy to follow. Took my husband and I 4 hrs, 15 min at a fairly leisurely pace (for us) and spending a good 15 minutes at each summit.

Just completed this hike yesterday. Trail is very straight forward and took about 5 hours to complete with moderate amount of breaks. I didn’t have micro spikes nor snow shoes so the amount of ice on the trail made it very challenging. Crampons would be too much but I’d say micro spikes would have helped significantly. Views at the top of both mountains were amazing. Recommend to anyone looking for a moderately challenging day hike in the Adirondacks.

Beatiful hike on 02JAN2019 icy. Not much snow

Did both summits today. New Years Day. Microspikes are needed. Make sure they are sharp. Lots of ice. Glad I had this app as the summit of Porter is nondescript. Cascade was ridiculously windy,icy and somewhat dangerous on top. No views today. Took me 4 1/2 hours for the 6 miles. Probably only a 20 minute break.

Loved it. Hard walk up. Spikes are a must! We were essentially walking up a frozen stream the whole time. Everyone we met was so friendly.

The trail is pretty moderate up to the split between Haystack and McKenzie mountains. The ascent up Haystack is steep, but it was mostly the ice that slowed me down. So much ice. Pretty sweet trail overall. Nice views from the top and lots of parking at the trailhead. Great hike!

Great hike.....definitely needed micro spikes.... for someone like me coming to terms with my fear of heights (actually it’s a fear of falling) the top of Cascade offered beautiful views but challenged my phobia ... very exposed .. very open... I imagined sliding off the top but then got over myself.... that’s the point of all of this isn’t it? And it always helps hiking with your very best, very experienced friend.

Hiked with my bestie Susan on her first HPs.

Absolute best view you can ever have in New York State 2 of my friends and me just completed it yesterday on December 29th, 2018 it took us a total of 5 hours and 36 minutes up and about 5 hours down. Absolutely amazing hike. We have not done another high peak ever so this was incredibly difficult for us but we did it. The summit average temp was at -20°F with winds somewhere around 8mph it was amazing I highly recommend this to anyone with experience.

Unbelievable views from the top.

Easy hike for very nice views. Rain makes it a little more annoying though! Never rush your descent in the rain. Some nice bald face rock towards the top, fun to walk along the ridge. Great for new hikers!

Great hike and with clear skies the view is fantastic.

pretty icy, could have used a ice axe in places. after the four false summit's the view was great. had the whole mountain nobody else around.

Spiks were required ( some people without them had to turn around). Couldn’t really use snowshoes even if i wanted. I suggest to do Porter first ( uneventful). Top of Cascade was covered with clouded and couldn’t stand ( at the top) due to strong winds ( lost my orange heat ;( )

snowshoeing
1 month ago

12/19/18, clear blue skies, no wind and 18 degrees at 10:30 am. The parking lot was full, but nobody on the fire tower trail. There was about 2” of fresh snow so the going was easy. About 1/4 mile before I got to the tower I lost the markers (lots of snow on the trees) so I bushwhacked it to the top.
Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. This is Fire Tower #20 for me. Nine more to go.

We hiked 12/17. Lots of snow on the trail but spikes made it doable. Definitely would rate a bit more than moderate. Took us 3.5 hours from car to summit and back. Definitely a steep summit but worth it. Super cloudy and snowy today so no view for us but it was a very rewarding hike. Marked well the entire way.

hiking
1 month ago

Tallow Rock Trail 2.0
With no snow on the ground I decided to hit this trail again and it did not disappoint. As per this time of the year boots over sneakers are a good idea and the ground cover was very slippery and somewhat wet. The bridge is still in so I was able to complete the entire loop again, and was able to take the side trail to Covey's gap to the look out. What I call the second portion of the trail from the beach was very icy as it was low and flat. This shorter trail has less hills and less strenuous but I had to take more caution. This is the trail used my most families and dog walkers. Still hoping for snow to snow shoe.

used snowshoes but microspikes wouldve been better had amazing views and wasn't to difficult took about 1hour and 45 minutes up for a pretty experienced hiker

snowshoeing
1 month ago

was an amazing hike with awesome views and short enough for a quick afternoon

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