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Great hike with my son-in-law and two grandchildren. Good times...

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.

A nice incline ending with gorgeous views.

hiking
3 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike. It was about a mile from the main parking lot to the trailhead then another 3 miles to reach the lean-to on the east side of the lake. The trail was pretty flat and wide in most areas, and not steep. We hiked to the lean-to and had a great view of the lake. A few people were swimming in the beautiful, cool water. It was a lovely fall day, and we saw quite a few hikers. We didn’t go around the lake, as I believe it would add another 6 miles to the hike, but it would be awesome to camp overnight and add the lake loop trail.

Great hike! The wooden stairs in the rain were a little iffy. But great views all the way up. My pup loved this trail!

Trail: This is a trail for hiking boots - I regretted wearing trail runners. At first, the trail follows a maintained gravel road from the trailhead register for ~1.0 mile. The next 2.6 miles or so follows a somewhat-dry stream bed or drainage. Beware, this part of the trail is filled with wet, slippery, slimy stones and roots, worst than most trails in the surrounding area or even the High Peaks Wilderness. Footing can be treacherous. I would consider the conditions on the vast majority of the trail to be poor.

Views: There is one view at the summit looking towards northern Lake George into Vermont and the Lake Champlain valley. Admittedly, this view is quite good. The summit is quite small though, and tends to be busy. There is a radio antenna tower with a large electric generator constantly making noise at the top.

Water: Despite the moisture on the trail, there were no sources of water to filter. It's not a terribly long hike though. 2-2.5 liters should be plenty.

Overall: It has a beautiful northeast-facing view, but the noise at the top from the generator, the small summit area, combined with the rocky/rooty trail makes this a hike-once type of mountain for me. There are better views on better maintained trails along Lake George. (Sleeping Beauty, Buck Mtn, Cat and Thomas Mtn, The Pinnacle)

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 hike with kids

First portion is a steady moderate hike after you cross the highway via a steel walkway. After you cross the road, the intensity increases to moderate to steep at times. We are novice hikers and we decided to go for it and it took us approximately 1 hr 15 minutes to reach the summit. The views are rewarding! Especially seeing the highway we crossed over!

I’d recommend hiking boots for sure, lots of water, snacks and breaks as you need them. I hiked with one hiking pole and found it to be very helpful. At the summit they do have a place to refill water bottles.

beautiful views!!

Starts out moderately steep fades to steady incline with rocks and normal forest debris. Last 10 minutes is steep with rocks as main trail. Top boasts beautiful views.

I love trails that treat you to great views early and often! After the climb to the first brother things ease off a bit. I found myself stopping a lot in the Brothers area as the views just kept getting better and I wanted to take it all in. The top .3 miles is a little more strenuous, but not overly technical. Well constructed ladder helped. Great view across the valley from the summit to the Gothics and other peaks. Highly recommended! Well laid out trail that takes full advantage of the natural features. Plus we saw a marten on the summit!

Hello all you beautiful people!!! First time ever to the Adirondack park and I luved it. This was our 3rd day hiking and it took us 10 hours, lol. Now we are not particularly out of shape, but we took our time with lots of small breaks. Enjoyed the peaks of the brothers and the Big Slide to the fullest. I think i even had a small nap at one point. There were 3 of us: my 10year old son and a friend. We did the loop back via the slide mtn brook trail. All you hikers that made it back in 5 hours, WoW, amazing! We must the snails compared to you. Anyway, loved the scramble to the top, loved the cool damp forest between the Big slide and the third brother. and the crisp water of the mountain brook. Will definitely be back if it kills me, BTW, hiking sticks are a must. xoxox

One of my favorites in the area, I've done this several times both before & after the re-route.

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

Have a new appreciation for the stress the high peaks are under after climbing this Labor Day weekend as part of my daughters 46r effort. High Peak stewards did a nice job of talking to people but they still trod on sensitive areas. Ryan on top very friendly and informative. Did a great job. Glad trail will be changed to alternate route to let this trail heal. 650 people in a day is just too many to make the climb enjoyable for anyone.

Perfectly lovely trail. Get there early for parking lots of people. Nice visit to the top. Went with a two year old German Shepherd and there was no problem at all. Fairly easy all the way.

This hike is beautiful! Perfect mix of interesting scramble, forest magic and lots of overlooks and ridge walking!

Hiked to the peak of Noonmark and back out (not the full loop). Amazing 360 views from the top and it took just under 3 hours RT

hiking
9 days ago

Moderate trail with an amazing view! Another mile or so up the blue trail and you get to a gorgeous waterfall. Great for a short hike

Hiked this in early may. There was still snow, but it was warm (70s by afternoon). There had been a rainstorm the night before, causing the rocky ascent to be pure ice after the first mile. It was amazing at the top, though.

Did this on July 4th, started around sunrise to beat the heat. Very gradual and enjoyable with rewarding views at the top! It wasn’t very busy but saw several people starting as we were ending.

Wide views of Warrensburg but very buggy. Bug spray is a must

Well worth the effort , view from the tower is awesome

First time up Hurricane 9/9/18
Start weather was incredible at right around 50° with full sun. Trail will keep you busy but isn’t difficult. It took me about 1:53 to reach the top. Views were absolutely amazing. Awesome hike! Will definitely do it again.

on Chimney Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Fantastic hike! Roots, rocks, earth underfoot. Not difficult other than steadily steep with a few level parts. Take your time, it is a short hike and well worth the effort. Incredible views. Rock formations atop are incredible! This spot is a false summit as there is a trail heading out to the real summit which has a 360 view. We opted out this time. Wish we did not but there’s always tomorrow!

This is surprisingly a bit difficult if you take the short route up. There’s not too much elevation gain but it comes quick and swift. There’s a little rock scrambling near the top. When you get near the summit there will be several viewpoints along the rocks. The terrain changes several times on the way up. It’s an enjoyable little hike.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a quick hike up and down. The tunnels under the highway are pretty cool. When you get to the lookout point at the top continue another 100 yards to get another clearing.

Thought be more rock scrabble .. decent trail condition nice view

hiking
13 days ago

Decent hike but not impressed by the view

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