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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.

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.

Awesome views of waterfalls!

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.

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.

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.

Both trails are extremely maintained, very tourist driven and heavily trafficked (for good reasons, the gorge is amazing)
You pay $8 to park
The gorge trail has lots of stairs so I found it better to start the loop by hiking up the Indian trail, and take the gorge trail back down so you aren’t climbing stairs the whole way up.
Plus, there are more rewarding views on the gorge trail, so save the best for last.

cross country skiing
29 days ago

Great place in the winter time to xcross or snow shoe. Moderate elevation with a few easy passes. Dry Hill downhill skiing and snow tubing is close by as well.

walking
1 month ago

Took my dog here to get her out of the car during our long drive. It was a good park but never found a hike! Large green area to run, tennis courts, kids playgrounds, lots of other dogs, parking lot good pit stop place

What a great hike! An enjoyable introduction to the ADK 4ks. I mainly hike in the White Mountains, so this trail was a little less rugged than I am used to. The trail is maintained, but could use water bars in a few places before the Y intersection. It was extremely windy on the top of Cascade--what fun! I recommend carrying microspikes if you hike this from now until April. We began early, and spikes were certainly needed. By the time we were coming down, the ice was melting and all the snow had melted from the trees. Still, would recommend traction throughout the winter for the slabby sections!

Not a good idea to hike when there is snow, ice on the ground. Otherwise it is a enjoyable hike with rocks on the trail and view at the top is spectacular.

Amazing place every corner turn was awe inspiring. Lots of foot traffic with great reason because of the amazing views! Although there were lots of people, even on a misty day it didn’t take away from the experience. Lots of stairs, so if your traveling with younger children this could be a challenge for them. It’s a short hike but the steps and incline makes it feel like it’s a longer hike it maybe a bit of a challenge but totally doable. I’m so glad I finally got to go here it’s an amazing place to see! Totally recommended.

Absolutely breathtaking. Will go again

My first high peak! Loved it and the view was awesome!

This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. The first overlook, when you turn around was magnificent. The top was cloudy and very windy. When the sun did peek through, the view was a 10 all around. This was my first high peak, I'm 61 and I am so glad I did it. No crowds, great people along the way. This years foliage was outstanding!!!

Short hike to top - 1:45 moving slowly. Amazing 360 views on top. Did it in the Fall - beware of icy rocks coming down. Crowdy but great hike if you have less than 4 hours.

Very crowded and but great views and a good hike. Lots of picturesque spots

Such a gorgeous hike! It was rainy, foggy, and filled with leaves. When you got the chance to see views through the clouds and Fogg they were worth the hike up, even the trees were gorgeous! Will definitely go again, just take your time and enjoy nature ☺.

If you are looking for views this trail is for you. However, plan on spending up to two hours going up and and two for going down looking at your feet! The rocks are unbelievable and very dangerous going down! I personally think this is not a great way to spend 4-5 hours. Would not recommend unless you are in very good shape and experienced on climbing on wet large rock. I've hiked all over country including Canada and this was one I would not do again.

This was my first high peak hike. It took 4.5 hours. I found it to be extremely rocky and steep and totally worth it. Luckily my experienced hiking mate was patient. I have hiked Bald, Rocky and Black Bear near Old Forge and Inlet, these are cake compared to Cascade. Hiking shoes are a must to grip the rocks, poles are helpful. Snacks, water and layers are advisable. This weekend the DEC set up shuttle buses from Mt Van Hoevenberg, it was very organized and the rangers were very helpful. The roads are crowded with cars and hikers. Enjoy!

We hit the trail around 4pm. The hike to Porter was a bit wet but nothing terrible. Porter had a couple of nice views. The hike to Cascade was fairly easy from Porter. The sunset on Porter was nothing less than amazing. Highly recommend for sunset. 360 views. It got windy and cold very quickly as the sun set. Make sure to dress warm and bring a headlamp if you decide to hike in for sunset. Overall a great trip!

There has been a bit of rain so the trail was very wet - made for a challenging descent. The views from the summit of Cascade were spectacular. The trail connecting Cascade and Porter was a soggy mess. Overall great hike. Took us about 5 hours with about 30 minutes spent between the two summits (20 cascade, 10 porter).

Great trail but tougher than We expected. We hike a lot and always bring our dogs with us. I would say this tail is moderate to hard but the views at the top are worth the work!

I can see why this trail is so popular. It is easily accessible, pretty short, and without any difficult rock scrambling. Because of the fires in 1903 the summit is open and completely bald with an alpine feel without actually being an alpine zone. My dads first high peak, and although the easiest, still a high peak..he was hurting afterwards..

The gorge is beautiful but the hike itself is a tourist trap. You don’t feel like you’re escaping in nature but just part of another tourist attraction.

hiked on 9/23/18, perfect way to start the fall. Started at the McKeever parking area. Took the mile detour to Remsen falls on the way. Took about 7 hours total(including detour and summit time) about 16 miles all together. I definitely think this hike gets a bad rep. Only took about an hour to get to the 3 mile remsen falls marker. For about 5 miles it is completely flat land, so I see why biking is a popular choice. the trail is fairly overgrown, so if you hike, be sure to wear pants and boots! Unfortunately, like others have said, the fire tower is pretty beat up and although the views are pretty, it isn't a spectacular summit. if you love walking through the woods it is definitely a beautiful hike though- lots ferns, plants, and wildlife. suprisingly saw a handful of other hikers on the trail, so not as abondoned as one might think.

Overall, a great hike. Extremely rocky and a straight incline but doable if you pace yourself. I am a novice to the high peaks and moved very very slow. We made it up in about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I thought going down was almost as hard because of all the rocks but again, I am slow and clumsy af!

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