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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.

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 nice/easy flat hike. Beautiful waterfall. Very tall. One of the prettiest.

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.

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.

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.

A nice easy walk with a spectacular view of Taughannock Falls. Lots of people coming & going but never too crowded to get nice photos. The gorge is as spectacular as the actual falls.

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!

Great for everyone who wants to be outside

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Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. you can get close enough to feel the most off the falls.

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).

I never get tired of going there. The water is such a beautiful color, and so clear. The trail is very flat and easy to do. There's a great picnic area and beach too.

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..

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!

The trail is really nice. It is easy (we are 34 and experienced and did it in 3.5hrs with two young kids and two dogs) and short.
The only negative is that it is very very crowded. We did Algonquin in july and it was less crowded (but it is also waaaay harder)
That being said the view is amazing and since it's the easiest of the High peaks i get why it's so popular :)

We came early in the morning which was good because this is a really popular hike. There were a lot of people and dogs coming in as we were leaving. This hike is exactly as described: Cascade has a few rocky shambles to get to the top with a breathtaking view as your reward. It’s also very cold up there with the wind, so be prepared. Porter is very muddy, especially for us because we came the day after it rained. Porter is a much less scenic summit. We actually walked passed it without realizing. There is a privy at the split leading to both summits for your convenience. (Here is where I forgot to resume my recording up to Cascade, doh!) All said and done we completed both sides of the hike in 4 hours and 45 minutes with two less experienced hikers and a lot of breaks.

Great hike, my two teenage kids and I completed the entire trip in just over 4.5 hours. We went at a fairly steady pace with occasional breaks, the longest being at the peaks. The section of the trail between Cascade and Porter was the muddiest, but passable because there hadn’t been a lot of rain prior. Amazing views, especially from Cascade, well worth the hike!

Saturday was a great day for a climb. Being older with knee and joint issues we were still able to do in 6 hours. The view from Cascade was well worth the pain.

Perfect day hike, almost completely up hill to the summit of Cascade Mountain. The hike up to the Summit of Porter Mountain was a little muddy, but was well worth it. The view from Cascade Mountain is more scenic, but too windy for a lunch break. My suggestion would be to summit Porter Mountain first, and enjoy a lunch break there before continuing on to summit Cascade Mountain.

Great view at the top but it is pretty crowded, especially this time of year.

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