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11/17/18 - fun hike, definitely glad to follow the route here and save cascade for last as porter was great but much less climactic. Lots of wind at the top of both so either don’t spend more than a minute or be prepared. Brought along snowshoes because we were told by a worker at EMS that you can be fined for not carrying/wearing them but we just carried them the whole way and wore crampons and gaiters. Mountain got fresh snow the day and night before but by 9 am the trail was pretty packed down. Started later than we would have liked and ran into 2 or 3 10+ groups so if you want solitude definitely go early. Make sure to constantly take sips from your camelback to keep it from freezing! Especially when up on the summits. Started around 9:10, stopped multiple times for food/equipment/layer changes, flew down after both summits and got to the car around 3:00.

Enjoyed this winter hike, fresh snow and great views. It was a bout a 4 hour up and back. Rock was icy at the top, spikes would have been helpful. Completed on nov 11th

We hiked the yellow trail today. Very pretty views at the top. There are many pretty streams and creeks along the way and the forest setting is very peaceful.
So the beginning of the trail is moderate, however coming down the rocks make the hike hard not moderate. You could easily get hurt if you're not in tip top shape and without poles and proper attire. It is definitely not dog friendly.
So I would absolutely change the rating to moderate to hard. total hike for the yellow trail is 5.5 miles.

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5 days ago

Awesome trail! Nice and short, but lots of fun! View is pretty cool!

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6 days ago

View is beautiful! Very steep trail though, but so much fun!

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

Hiked Thomas today and the views at the top were gorgeous. As someone who is relatively new to hiking, I found the climb to be rewarding and very acceptable to new hikers out there looking for a new challenge. The terrain was sporadically covered with snow or leaves but I wore micro spikes and would recommend them for stability and safety.

Awesome winter hike

Also known as western ridge trail

Awesome views!!! Really bummed about the communication tower. However, it did sound like a passing helicopter, HA! It was a very nice hike, other than that. The stream is just beautiful. It was very wet today, maybe it’s not always like that, but we didn’t mind at all. We just changed socks at the top and we were all just fine. Trail was easy to follow and will be back in the summer.

This is the latest in the year that we’ve hike in the Adirondacks, leaves were down and there was a winter weather advisory for late in the afternoon. The down leaves made us slow down on the way up which was definitely a climb up and over rocks. Arriving at the pond outlet and seeing the pond reminded us of a mountain lake in Montana. The walk along the ridge and its views was spectacular. Flurries started to fall just as we started down and they accelerated into snow very quickly as we descended down the ladder. Snow and leaves slowed us down even more down the steep decent but we were glad that we didn’t have to backtrack given the weather. We’ll be back in the spring/summer. Though it was challenging and all of 4 hours it was worth it. Glad we were prepared for the weather and glad we had the app.

great hike

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

This was a beautiful trail. Some sections were steep and rocky, but overall it was very doable. Some of the ice at the top has turned to slush with the rain the last few days. Microspikes are needed about an hour into the trail. Use the app to tell where the summit of Porter is because it's not too well-marked on the trail. The 360-degree views from the top of Cascade are breathtaking.

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18 days ago

This was definitely a moderate hike..I would not categorize this as “easy”. It was challenging and enjoyable and absolutely stunning views at the top. I’m in good physical shape (good endurance and cardio level) but new to hiking and it took me an hour to get to the summit. (Trekking poles recommended) And I don’t know what kind of mountain goats people have for children but I think this might be challenging for little ones (or maybe they’re more agile cause they’re smaller?!) Even though it wasn’t sunny, the view on a crisp fall day was breathtaking and I might have uttered an f-bomb or two in disbelief..highly recommend

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

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20 days ago

As other reviews state quite rocky and steep right from the get go. Ankle support and good tread this time of year is necessary. If you’ve hiked before it should be no problem. My husband had a hip replacement a yr ago and we made it up in an hour and 15.

Blue trail was easy and pretty, the yellow was fun with great views !

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20 days ago

My wife was down at Saratoga Lake trying to row in the Head of the Fish, during a Nor-easter, so I decided to venture up Prospect Mtn. It was mostly rain at the bottom and mixed precipitation at the top with some slight glazing in areas making it a bit slippery. Love the tram history and the bull-gear and other artifacts at the summit. Decided to take the road around for my decent as there was not a soul in sight, no cars, no hikers, no birds, no noth'in...just me and the wind & rain. The road seemed to take forever but there were a few vistas on route so not bad. Bumped into an older gent collecting leaves at the trailhead down. Pretty cool hike!

Oct. 27th 2018
Did this trail this morning. I was reading the reviews for this trail and to all the people on here saying to bring your micro spikes, thank you. Lifesaver.
When we started it wasn’t snowing but I knew as the day goes on lake placid would be getting some snowfall. The 2 hours it took to reach the peak it was snowing pretty bad at the top it felt like glass shards hitting your face. Although we couldn’t see the amazing view this trail has to offer it was still breathtaking
Definitely want to come back to do this trail on a clear day.

Very definitely not easy...we turned back when faced with sheer rock with no place to walk...I felt at danger and called the next day to complain no warning of how hard and impossible this trail is. sad I missed the top but better than dying falling . horrible experience....would not recommend t anyone without gear to help them even then I would say no. I have only climbed prospect and sleeping beauty and felt much safer on them. To me this was impossible and the state and some comments below saying this is easy are leading folks to something bad happening.

Beautiful place great walk

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25 days ago

Great hike! A lot of rock...I mean a lot. Would try to have a good pair of hiking boots, ankle support recommended, but it's up to you. Wind and cooler temps at the top, so I always bring an extra layer, (when hiking in the Fall, and early Spring). Don't let the elevation fool you. Good photo opportunities at the top. Good photo opportunities on the way up as well. Be safe and have a good hike! Don't forget to let someone know where you are!

Made this my first two adk high peaks today. Climbed with a head lamp around 5:30 this morning. Your crazy not to have microspikes and climbing.

Great, relatively easy trail. Great views. Can be busier in the weekends.

Did this hike on 10/22/18. Started about 6:30am. The hike is relatively simple for high peaks. Low effort high reward at least for the views on cascade. 360 views on cascade were absolutely stunning. Hit porter on the way back down. Porter is a very unassuming summit as I stood on the summit but did not see a summit marker so i kept hiking. Thankfully I had service up there (Verizon) and pulled out the AllTrails app and realized I had hiked too far. 180 views on porter summit are stunning as well. Lots of ice on the trail so be prepared with micro spikes.

Good elevation gain for the length of the hike. Pretty well marked trails and amazing views up top. Pretty icy and windy up on cascade. Definitely wear spikes. Porter summit can be misleading and doesn’t offer the same amazing views as cascade but still worth the small trek out after Cascade.

Great views of Lake George but the fact the fire tower has been transformed into a communication tower and the wind turbine sounds like a helicopter landing spoils the experience.

Hiked sleeping beauty today. Trail was a little wet in spots as is typical. Views were beautiful. The trail is moderate by comparison with its neighbors Black and Buck especially if you can park at Dacey clearing. That shortens the hike by about 3 miles. Although the road fromHoggs Town parking to the trail head is very nice in winter when closed. Great views, beautiful scenery just challenging enough.

Not to difficult of a hike and the view is breath taking.

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