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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.

Climbed this on 1/9/19. Lots of fresh snow. Snowshoes would help for sure. We broke out a good deal of the trail especially higher up. Still a very nice hike

hiking
7 days ago

We hiked the steeper trail up and back in hiking boots this morning. Fresh layer of powder! Quite a bit of scrambling but nothing too difficult... a delightful find!

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!

Did the loop just under four miles in micros Hard pack snow in mid December. Would be great either on snowshoes or trail running depending on season and conditions. Fantastic views of whiteface and separately the Mcintyers

hiking
11 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail was fine up to summit. Then frozen waterfalls thwarted us getting to the summit. Ice axes would have been required to go further. Crampons a must.

Hiked 8/19/18. Blue is my favorite firetower hike so far! It was crazy steep and very rocky the majority of the way. Once you near the top, the entire environment is well worth it! I loved how green, and mossy and fresh it became , after a good deal of hiking over steep sheets of flat stone. The variety of mushrooms was phenominal and beautiful. The views, in places along the way were amazing! At times, when we thought we had finally made it, the trail would bend and just kept going. Other hikers along the way shared the same sentiments. Still A hike I wouldnt mind doing again.

This trail is currently impossible to do without winter traction due to flow ice. With microspikes you are still unlikely to make it to summit without proper skill. Crampons definitely recommended. Otherwise the trail is wonderful and very enjoyable. Some very tricky and treacherous sections towards the top because of the ice. Be careful and don't do this one alone!

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.

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.

Trail had a lot of flow ice, definitely recommend crampons.

hiking
16 days ago

Very short trail for decent views. Starts pretty easy then climbs up a rock face. Micro spikes essential there as it gets pretty icy. Great to throw on at the end of a long day.

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice short trail to start the day. Goes up about half way in. Had to work a bit. Yaks were the way to go. A warm up a few days before and it was mostly ice - and snow under ice. Nothing terribly treacherous with the right footing. Nice view at the top.

Hiked with my bestie Susan on her first HPs.

The trail was gorgeous!, definitely a good workout and micro spikes a must. Stunning views from the fire tower

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 ;( )

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

I'll continue the theme of 'spectacular' and 'stunning'! Today the trees were heavy snow covered and the firetower ice blasted. Come with some spikes, and be prepared for the firetower wind. Find yourself a clear morning and enjoy!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great trail for winter or summer. Note: the trail head is at the back of the school and google maps will take you to the front. we were a bit confused by this. Easy path was relaxing, great snowshoeing. Harder trail was fun, more work. Hand over hand, use of rope. I would recommend up the harder trail and down the easier trail, or inexperienced/younger snowshoers skip hard trail all together. perfect morning hike without full day commitment of a peak or tower.

Hiked up to the summit with snowshoes the day after thanksgiving. This was our first time using snowshoes, and it took us much longer to summit than had we used spikes.

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