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Good if you want to do a high peak without a ton of hiking in and ease of access. Snowshoed up cascade in March, was pretty cold at the top and it ended up being too blustery for good views, so we skipped Porter. Will probably do again in nicer weather.

I had the mountain to myself on this particular morning. There was plenty of granular snow on the trail given the persistence of winter weather we've been having in mid April. There were some icy spots on the way up but nothing that poles and microspikes couldn't handle easily. The summit of Cascade was extremely windy and the cloud cover obscured all views so I didn't spend much time at the top of either peak. Had a blast with some controlled slides and running on the descent. Started at the registry at 5am and was back at the car by 7:20.

We arrived at the trailhead at 9 am. We were equipped with poles and microspikes, both of which proved to be crucial in making it to the top. The trail was covered in compacted snow with many ice patches. We did not need snowshoes at any point - the microspikes handled the ice patches easily. The steepest ice patch occurred about 25-30 minutes from the peak of Cascade. We chose to hit Porter before summitting Cascade. The trail was not very well marked on the way to Porter from the junction on the Cascade trail. We were able to follow the previous tracks of a few hikers who had already made it to Porter, but even without tracks the trail isn’t too hard to see. We weren’t sure if we had made the summit of Porter because it is just small clearing surrounded by trees. Only after venturing about two tenths of a mile past the summit did we confirm that we had reached the summit. Next we summitted Cascade, which was bare and very windy with amazing views. It took us about three and half hours to get from the trailhead to the summit of Cascade with Porter included. The hike back back down only took about an hour and fifteen minutes. Overall the hike was moderately strenuous, and very enjoyable.

Still lots of snow lingering on the trail, but microspikes were sufficient as we haven’t had new snow in quite a while. Cascade was a large, epic, open summit and Porter was just a clearing on a ridge line. I would suggest tagging Porter first, then coming back and going up Cascade and taking a break up there. Windy once you reach the rocks on the summit push, but from there it’s only a few minutes to the top. Snow is still pretty deep, so watch out for postholing in the warmer afternoon weather. Took about 3.5 hours to hit both summits, take a break, and come back. (March 28, 2018)

Started at 1030am - lots of people so snow spikes were best since the snow was so packed down. The Lady and I bought two snow hiking sleds from LL Bean last month and finally tried it out on these two - it was SUPER awesome! Probably 75% of the downhill descent from the split was by bum sled! If anybody has ever thought of doing it, this trail was PERFECT for sledding down (carefully though!). Best first high peaks experience ever!

Started 9am at trailhead and it was -4 degrees, about 15 when we returned. Trail was packed down really well but still wore snow shoes all they way until reaching summit where we switched to crampons. Summit of cascade was very windy with strong gusts but clear blue skies and sunny. Couldn’t be up there longer than 5 min with wind chill. Headed to porter where the views were just as spectacular with heavy snow on trees. Less wind on porter. Used snow shoes all the way down back to trailhead by 3pm. Winter hiking a LOT more physical than expected but well worth the experience and views.

Good winter hiking as heavily travelled, did hike in crampons.
Nice view from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was the completion of the Tupper Lake Triad challenge (third completion, 2 X Winter, 1 X Summer). This hike is one of those best bangs for the buck kinda mountains. When ever we have friends visiting who not not regularly hike, we take them on this hike.

Great hike, amazing views, and a lot of fun scrambles on this trail.

A long hike but much quicker than one would expect. The 14 mile length is deceiving, a slow hiker like myself being passed by most on the trail took about 9.5 hrs. Not a problem for a summer day hike.

Trail is crowded in the summer but well maintained and of a modest grade as far as high peaks trails go. Few to no views until you get to the alpine zone. Great views from the baren summit of course.

Great hike! Did it in the middle of February and it was quite icy so be careful! Other than that it was beautiful until it started raining halfway through!!

Went 12/21/2017. Couldn't ask for a better first winter hike.

Sunny, 0° at the trailhead. Snow was too packed to use snowshoes. Summit was icy, didn't have microspikes but we did ok taking our time and jamming our trekking poles in the rock gaps. Summit was also crazy windy, about -15° (got a headache in the side of my face from the cold) but worth it for the 360° views you get at the top.

Did both Cascade & Porter in about 6 hours total, all 3 of us are in decent shape in our early 20s. Great views, rewarding hike, ate our fill in Placid afterwards.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Good for a beginner. I did this as part of the Tupper Lake Triad today. The three little mountains are about 8 miles round trip. The views at the top are ok. I was hoping to have a good view of Tupper Lake but didn’t. About 3.4 miles round trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little hike. Part of the Tupper Lake Triad. I did the three little mountains today. Easy trail with nice views at the top. About 2.2 miles round trip. Icy conditions today. If your using crampons (I did) it is a piece of cake.

Beautiful trail. Great view. One of three for the day. Trail was icy. Need spikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view. Great climb. Trail was icy needed to wear spike. One of three for the day.

This is a great day hike! I hiked both peaks 2/17, and the conditions were perfect. The snow was packed well enough to both peaks that I only used micro spikes. As others have said it's gusty at the top so bring an extra layer if you want to spend time up there! If I were to change anything, I would have brought trekking poles. Some sections of the descent were a bit hairy, and I fell on my butt a few times. I also would have gotten there sooner. I checked in at 3:05 PM. Knowing that I was battling daylight, I ran a good bit of the trail when it was level. Total time was 2 hr 24 min with about 10 minutes at the top of each peak. If you want a more comfortable pace, plan on 3.5-4 hrs. My GPS counted it at 5.9 miles round trip.

Girlfriend (23) and I (22) are in decent cardio shape but don't get to do many big hikes often. Took us 3h40m of moving time going at a very leisurely pace up and a brisk walk down. 4.5 miles total. We went in mid February so there was a good amount of snow and the entire trail was covered with ice, less so at the summit.

Parking is a little confusing as it's right along the road. There are spaces off to the side though. I think we saw 3 little parking areas. The start to the trail can be missed but it's at the middle space and there are signs once you start. The trail is nicely marked the entire way.
This hike gets steep at some points but doesn't throw anything too crazy at ya. Balanced by flatter areas give you nice breaks. Pack water and some snacks as always.

We were bold and did not use any spikes--just regular hiking boots. Spikes definitely would have helped but going slow and using some sweet maneuvers there was enough space to sneak around the tricky parts and make it all the way up.

The wind was brutal at the top, had to hunker down so I wouldn't blow away. Under armour, t-shirt, and a wind breaker was fine for top. Wore shorts under insulated pants for bottoms. Hat and gloves are a must if you want to reach the peak. It was right around 30°F the entire day and we were lucky enough for the clouds to break and get some nice sun about half way through.

We decided not to hit Porters, which adds another .7 miles out then another back. You get there towards the top of Cascade trail.

All around a great day!

We did it! Drove to cascade mountain from montreal with kids. 8 kids in total from 5 to 12 years old. It took about 3 hours to go up because we snacked a lot.

It's middle of February and the temperature was mild. We shed our layers just up to the junction but after that, it just got very very cold in the summit.

Microspikes were very helpful.

I brought 2L of water with hydration pack and drank it all.

A lot very steep ascend but doable. Just pace yourself, hydrate and snacka lot.

went with 17 and 12 yr old son and my 8 month old fox hound mix. Moderate hike....boys had no problem and dog made it even more fun. No problem hiking even at 8 month. views on top were even better than Mt Marcy and weather was perfect. Park in small lot at base of trail and head in Wonderful day with my boys!

Great hike, even in negative temps on a windy day! Great views from the top of Cascade!

Surreal! Went backpacking for 3 days and enjoyed every moment. One foot in front of the other was my mantra for a whopping 30 miles in 3 days. Getting to the top was incredibly rewarding in many ways.

My fifth time doing this pair of mountains. First time in winter. The trail as of today is basically an ice waterfall up to cascade. The open summit was very windy (I would guess 50+mph winds. Beautiful 360 degree views from cascade summit. My micro spikes broke on the way down which led to a few falls but no serious injury. I ended up climbing down the right side of the trail which was just pure snow and made it much easier with my broken spikes. The easy trail over to porter was less icy and more snow. Overall it’s a great hike if you are prepared for the conditions!

2 months ago

Fabulous stay in the lodge and an amazing and unforgettable hike up Marcy. A long, but not as strenuous as I expected. I would do this hike again in a heartbeat!!!

3 months ago

17 miles!! Longest hike in one day! This was a great accomplishment!(May 2017)

Wow, what a hike! As an amateur hiker I hardly knew what I was getting into when my family and I decided to take the trip up to the Adirondacks and hike Mt. Marcy. It was nearing the end of May 2016 and I was wearing my old, worn-out, “banana-peel” bottom sneakers that I soon learned was a big mistake once we discovered the top third of the mountain was snow-covered and icy. It was quite an exhausting trip up the mountain, especially with the snow, but well worth the view at the top of the mountain range. While waiting for some of my family to get to the summit I ate my lunch and took a 30 minute nap. The trip took about 10 hours and was about 17 miles total.

We went for a sunrise hike 7/17/17, and it was SO worth it! It was muddy when we went, but we had the appropriate boots, so it was fine.

I advise extra layers for the summit if you do a sunrise hike here. The bald face makes for great views, but there are no windbreaks! I brought extra layers and I was still cold because I wanted to watch the sun rise for about an hour. We saw another pair of hikers, and one wore shorts, and they barely stayed ten minutes.

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