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Great hike.the views from the top are awesome.

Not as easy as the local reviews say it is! Definitely a challenge, but so worth it!

The trail was pretty easy besides all of the elevation gain at the end. Everyone says there are no views but the lookout on Street and Nye had decent views.

My son and I did Porter first, which was muddy in spots, but otherwise a really nice detour before going up Cascade. The views from Porter were better than expected. Cascade was spectacular! The rock scramble at the end was a good time. We stayed longer on Cascade, and had some food. The path from the trailhead is uphill from the start, with only a few very short level areas. It is also very rocky, and on the trek down this was a bit of a challenge. There were people of all ages and skill levels on the trial, and most people were very friendly and encouraging on the way up and down. The parking areas around the trailhead were packed by 10:00am, so get there early. We spent about 5 hrs on the trail, 4:19 minutes of actual hiking time. Two of my apps agreed on mileage, 7.1 for Cascade and Porter. Great hike and amazing views!

Great, steep hike, fun rock scramble at cascade, porter was super muddy

Just completed this hike last weekend over 3 days and 2 nights while camping at Bushnell Falls. The extra time definitely made the summit day much easier. Hike was relatively easy first five miles and then was very steep for most of the rest of the way. Definitely worth the challenge and the sore legs the next day. Views were amazing and you can see for miles in all directions. Would recommend to anyone looking for a difficult but rewarding hike in the Adirondacks.

Trail was easy enough to follow along and despite the concern for the trail being unmaintained it was manageable for kids (11 and 13) and dog. I’d like to rate it higher but there really wasn’t much in the way of views or good resting/lunch places to make the day a memorable one. Love the 46! This one is not one of the best.

The fam did this hike yesterday. It was a nice day for it, warm but not hot and not really buggy at all. Started at the loj using the Mt Jo trail signs. The 'trailless' path was easy to follow from there for most of the hike. Crossing over the Indian Brook was no problem, water was low. I think it'd have to have literally just rained to not be able to cross in your boots. We reached the junction tree with St & Nye carved into it and decided to get Nye done first since there is zero view. It was a quick walk to the peak, then back and moving on to Street. This was also not a terrible ascent, most of the path is fairly flat until the final ascent to the peak. The peak itself didn't have a view but if you walk around a little bit you can find an opening with a decent view. From start to finish it took us 6 hours. I enjoyed the hike itself, I only gave 4 stars because the views are not great.

Always a favorite. Great with my kids. We went early to beat the crowds and was worth it.

All in all a beautiful hike. We stayed true to Cascade. If you are new to hiking ( like many we passed as we made our way down) preparation is key. It’s definitely a hike, not a stroll. Wear appropriate footwear! I’m incredibly proud of our 4.5 year old son who made it to the summit and back with no assistance. Took us 4 hours car to car, with a nice break at the top and a few on the way up. We cruised down with ease. Parking was not an issue for us as we arrived early enough. View at the top was beautiful.

The trail was clearly discernible and there were no bugs and not much mud. There was a view at the summit of approximately 40 degrees including Haystack, Marcy, and Algonquin. The trail became quite narrow at places--watch your eyes. It didn't seem too strenuous but it was challenging enough to be enjoyable. There were also some views on the descent. A nice one. Don't miss Indian Falls just beyond the turnoff--well worth the extra yards.

Great great hike. Completed on 8/11. Pretty rocky on the way up (and down), but the views from Cascade are otherworldly and the rock scramble at the end is really fun. Lots and lots of people up there on a good weather Saturday. The trail to Porter was pretty muddy in places, but there are some nice, though less spectacular views at the top and along the way. Two of the 46 down!

Have not been up cascade in 10+ years so when I decided to make a trip up I made sure it was a Wednesday to avoid the crowds that clog up this trail on the weekends. Hit porter first so I could sit and enjoy myself longer on Cascade. View from Porter was pretty stellar. Took me about 20 mins to get to Porter from the trail junction and vice versa to get to cascade. Cascade summit is gorgeous with 360 degree views.

Start early and the crowds will be fine. Brought my beagle-basset and we had a blast.

Longer than this states (18.5 by my Garmin), but great hike from the Garden.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent herd trails, decent views. 6 hours including 20 minutes on Street's and 10 minutes on Nye's summit

Great hike. Amazing view from the top of cascade and porter.

A very enjoyable hike! We went to Indian Falls first (totally worth it!) and took a break before climbing Tabletop. A nice hike with a good view of Mount Marcy.

Not a review...I'm new to the site and am curious if the distance is one way? I assume it is but wanted to make sure. Thanks in advance!

Première ascension en Montagne pour mes filles et moi, (14 et 12 ans). Nous avons monté en 1h30 et redescendus en 1h10. Vue spectaculaire au sommet. Parcours un peu plus difficile a l’approche du sommet ⛰

Beautiful views and relatively easy trail!

One of the best 46 high peaks hikes there is. Views and summits from all 3 mountains are fantastic. Haystack feels like another country on top. Total time 11 hours 10 minutes. We walked in to JBL from the garden. From there we went to Haystack first (***be careful if you want to go to Haystack first because the sign at JBL to Haystack is misleading as it points you left to Haystack saying 7 miles, but that is the way/mileage to Haystack if you END with Haystack and go over Saddleback and Basin first). We started the loop with Haystack so we went towards Marcy before splitting to Haystack. Go over little Haystack to Haystack. Then it was roughly an hour to Basin, and roughly another hour to Saddleback. Descent between basin and Saddleback is some of the most technical descents I’ve seen. Steep, rocky, slippery, and have to calculate every step. Getting to the col was very welcomed. Then climbing the cliffs just before Saddleback is a challenge as you’re actually doing some rock climbing (no clue how a dog would get up/down it without getting really hurt). Descent from Saddleback was nice and not bad on the body and there’s a super long wooden staircase down the side of a slide that’s really cool. Great trip with great views and terrain. 9 miles from garden to Haystack so it took 4 hours 45 minutes to get to our first summit then smooth sailing. Then we completed the loop at JBl and back to the garden.

hiking
10 days ago

A long hike for sure, but as advertised the first 5 or so miles were relatively easy and then the difficulty increased tremendously. But the views were worth all the aches and pains. Took us 12 hours from start to finish with a 45 minute stop on top and a short rest and JBL. Took the Shorey Cut trail up and the Phelps trail on the way down. Phelps was easier. Think next time i'll spend the night.

Relatively easy trail, usually busy. To me it feels like one big long staircase! Good for kids, nice view from the top
Porter is nothing special, though.

I agree: do Porter first. Great fun to end with that rock scramble.

Recommend checking out Porter Mountain first then head off to Cascade Mountain since the view is better. Both are worth the effort, beautiful!!

Hard work, but the view is spectacular. Bring lots of water!!!!!

Did this on August 2nd. This was a great hike, the views weren't the best since it was raining, but the trail wasn't that hard to follow for it being unmarked and unmaintained. Crossing the brook was easy and after crossing that you cross another about 5-10 minutes later (we didn't realize that at first). The first 3 miles is easy to moderate and after that it gets pretty steep and muddy, nothing to worry about. We went to Nye first and then Street. The street mountain sign is to the left up on a tree and then there are about 3 different places to look out from. Wish we could have seen more summits, but my friend and I would say this is easier than Tabletop/Phelps!

A good challenge for someone getting into hiking, I saw people of all ages and fitness levels. the Cascade view is simply phenomenal and the Porter isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Took me 5 hours in total car to car but I took nice long breaks at the top (probably 45 min between the two summits). I wouldn't go as far as to say this trail is easy, but compared to the other high peaks this is a walk in the park. It's all about perspective! So if you're a novice hiker, this will be a little challenge. But the view is so worth it. Pack a little picnic for the top!

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