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Well maintained. Lovely walk

Beautiful hike. My wife and kids (ages 9,8,8 and 6 years old) enjoyed the hike to Cascade and Porter. We were hoping to hike Porter first but couldn’t find the trailhead, so we started with Cascade, which is hard to miss with full parking lots on the side of the road. Porter was underwhelming compared to Cascade, which had breathtaking views. The trail to Porter from Cascade was also not well marked aside from a sign indicating the start of the trail. If you’re looking to complete the ADK 46 high peaks then I’d recommend the 30 minute hike to Porter mountain, otherwise it might not be worth it. The hike itself was moderately challenging, but every step was worth the view!

We drove up from CNY early in the morning and arrived around 11. The trail was quieter than I expected (which was nice). Definitely do Porter before Cascade.

Beautiful park with spectacular views of many waterfalls. Multiple stone stars take you up, down, behind and close up to the falls. Great experience!

hiking
2 days ago

Very easy walk towards the waterfall. The hike around the rim is a nice walk but the views are not as great as expected. Some days the waterfall is underwhelming.

Hike itself is a 1/5 stars (nonstop loose rock and gravel track at steep incline for 2.4 miles)
Ruins of the old Outlook Hotel are a 9/5 stars
View from the fire tour is 5/5 stars

Total Rating: 5 Stars

Very very worth the hike up for the views and attractions.

I've never climbed a mountain in my life, and it took me about 4 hours round trip, starting at 7:30 today (Saturday). I stopped a lot and took lots of breaks on the way up but the way down was a breeze in comparison. didn't go to porter because the weather was getting horrible, extremely windy and rainy and potential thunderstorms in the forecast. the views on Cascade were well worth the climb, and even the views from the false peak were absolutely amazing. I'm terrified of heights and the trail and rock scramble up to the summit did not bother me at all. 10/10 would recommend. I saw lots of people starting later who didn't have proper shoes, water, or bug spray, so please please please bring water and bug spray and at least wear tennis shoes! also the summit is insanely windy and cold so bring a jacket. I'm going to be very sore in the morning but again, the views were totally worth it.

Get an early start! We started right around 7 on a Thursday and we're lucky enough to have Porter all to ourselves and have only one other group with us on the summit of cascade. By the time we were coming down however the trail was packed! It felt like we had to stop every 30 feet for someone to climb past us. Views from cascade were impressive but I don't feel Porter gets its due credit. Great view of a bunch of other high peaks and a more desolate feel than cascades.

These were our two first peaks of the Adirondacks. This was an easy/moderate hike IMO, not very strenuous except on maybe 3 occasions. I was with an inexperienced hiker and roundtrip took us 5h30, including 1 hour for breaks. I highly recommend starting off with Porter and finishing off with Cascade! Views on top of Cascade are incredible! The route to Porter was really fun, even though the view at the summit is not as spectacular as Cascade.

Nice walk around the rim. Mostly flat and graveled trail. Pushed my son with his broken femur in wheelchair. A few little incline workouts with the wheelchair, but no problem overall.

hiking
8 days ago

Very easy. Lots of shade. A lot of people. Great hike after finishing the Rim Trails.

Cascade is an awesome hike. Porter was not worth it to me...it's very buggy and swampy and the view from the summit is much more impressive from Cascade. However, you can see the Cascade peak from the Porter peak which is kind of cool. It took us 6 hours to do both, but we stopped for many breaks and lunch.

Definitely worth doing if you're looking to ease into the High Peaks as it's a pretty easy hike considering the terrain. It happens to be a top choice with a lot of people with little to no hiking experience; it's great that so many people get outside and I don't mind busy trails, but it means a lot of people who are either inconsiderate or ignorant of hiking etiquette. Very few people heading down observed the "rule" to yield to people ascending and would often barge right through the trail while descending without acknowledgement of any sort. Also lots of very slow ascenders would not move out of the way for faster hikers, creating bottlenecks that were pretty unpleasant (honestly, if you're hiking with a five-year-old, you're not going to be faster than a fit twenty-something, so why not let this person pass?). These were minor aggravations that didn't detract significantly from the experience, but they were quite annoying at times. The view from the top is spectacular.

Awesome hike! This was a very well maintained trail and I would highly recommend it. While it is certainly not easy, it is still doable for beginners that are up for a challenge. The view and the hotel make it well worth it.

Great trail and views!

hiking
10 days ago

so many beautiful views

Really well maintained trail. Not a lot to sew until you get to the top. But the views are so worth it! Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice network of well-marked trails around the chasm, with lots of nice vistas. Trails range from easy to moderate. Trails are part of a private business with fees for using the property, rafting and tubing, as well as an adventure course.

Great little hike that is just challenging enough for my toddler. Bring a lighter just in case the flame is out

Did Cascade today with wife and Eric (a neighbor), and two dogs. 500+ people on the trail today and 21 dogs. Nothing bad to say, unless you don't like it busy. Views were spectacular. Some muddy spots. Hike was relatively easy. We were counseled to not bother with Porter. Views not as good and pretty muddy. So we took that advice and the day turned out great!

crowded on the holiday weekend which was hard on the narrow rocks, but 100% worth it so beautiful.

A super popular hike for good reason. A moderate hike and getting two peaks in a short day is always fun. There’s roughly 3 climbs on the hike with flatter sections breaking it up. Cascade has an amazing summit. Once at the trail split I recommend going over to Porter first then come back and enjoy and hang out on cascade. Porter summit has great views and cascade has different but great views and is much bigger. Fun hike

Great views for a moderate hike!

Beautiful top and water level views of Niagra River. Short but strenuous up and down. Only issue was loud boats going and up and down rapids that cut in to the serenity of it all.

Nice hike around the rim. It’s about 4 miles. Great views. The gorge trail is spectacular. Super easy. You can walk the entire length in the water. Great for kids. Can catch Minos and crayfish.

The gorge trail is beautiful. Definitely worth doing. Wear water shoes. There is a shuttle at the end of you can’t make the entire loop.

The views from Cascade Mountain are breathtaking! This hike is challenging but certainly doable! Coming big down the mountain was difficult. There are a lot of rocks to step down from and it’s not easy on your knees.

Absolutely gorgeous! Fairly easy hike on even terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs and get a little wet. Tons of tourists!

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