Cascade Mountain

MODERATE 102 reviews

Cascade Mountain is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Elba, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,899 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

snow

hiking
9 days ago

Great introduction to the high peaks!

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing view!!!

hiking
20 days ago

Wonderful afternoon! We loved the view. Started also in the afternoon and it was less crowdy once at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! It was really crowded when we went. To be expected as it’s Fourth of July week. Marked really well. A lot of very steep climbs up rocks. Well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail, rocks, roots and boulders all the way up, very little walking without looking down to find each step. View at the top spectacular, great bald rock with lots of space. It is a tough tedious go both up and down, very few flat spots. Don’t underestimate it.

hiking
1 month ago

Forgot to continuing recording before getting to the summit but what a gorgeous day and view! Nice and dry trail very few wet spots. Sun was shining. Wish I brought more water to head over to porter as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible view at the top. 100% worth it but definitely on the more difficult side of moderate! Do-able but if you are out of shape expect almost 2.5 hr ascend. My dog loved it & took a nice nap once we reached the summit!

We went on a weekday & began around 230. On our way up the crowd was descending and once we reached the summit around 5, we had it ALL to ourselves. I highly recommend going later in the day it was amazing to have all that to yourself.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. A bit muddy, but the moderate difficulty made the view all worth it. There’s not a bad view when you’re at the summit:

2 months ago

Amazing 360 views with a fun rock climbing summit! We watched a rain storm move towards us in the distance - beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Rocky trail on the way up. It’s a little rough but very doable. The summit is an amazing pay off and makes the hike well worth the effort. Make sure you bring water along!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful Hike! Would love to go back on a nicer day to appreciate the 360 degree view

3 months ago

Alittle muddy and still has some ice.

5 months ago

Good trail, just very muddy in spring

8 months ago

Stunning 360 views.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful fall hike. Took Dad and I about 4.5 hours and we spent an hour or so at the top. Can see many of the high peaks from the top. Fell three times on the way down as it was more slippery once the temperature was warmer. This was a very popular hike with many kids.

hiking
9 months ago

If this is considered moderate, it's at the extreme end toward difficult. muddy, rocky, rooty, messy, not a typically moderate hike

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked after a rain storm and saw some snow on my way up. Brought my dog and she did well!

10 months ago

A great trail. It is moderate in terms of difficult.however, it is definitely doable.The view at the top is spectacular!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hiked it on 8/12 and really enjoyed it. It had some strenuous uphill climbs. The trail is a ravine with mud and boulders. We went over to Porter and then finished Cascade. We're 50-ish - in decent shape - and got a great workout. Took us about 5 hours with some chilling on a ledge on Porter and the summit of Cascade.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cascade is generally considered amongst the easiest of the high peaks, but I think it's important to state that it's still a high peak and there are definitely some areas along the trail, especially near the summit, that will be nerve wracking to people with little experience or those with little kids. Still, the trail is clearly marked and doesn't have any real dangerous spots. As usual, coming back down may be more difficult than going up.

We did this trail with five children, aged 4.5 to 10.5, and five adults, aged 39 to 66. The kids are all active, but the most difficult climb they'd done up to this point would probably be Gorham mountain in Acadia. This was considerably longer, but I'd say it was similarly complicated until the summit approach. Still, they handled it really well with a few stops up, 20 minutes or so at the top, and then a few stops down. All in all it took us just over five hours to complete the trail. The littlest kids were definitely hitting a physical wall with about an hour left, but they trudged through it.

In the end, everyone loved the hike, and the views at the top are absolutely spectacular. If your come prepared with hiking shoes, lots of water and snacks, and test your kids out on something a bit easier first, it's definitely ok for an active family.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Nice trail

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great view. Worth the climb

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beautiful view

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Very muddy (hiked on 7/9/17) and very crowded. Top was beautiful but extremely windy

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great hike! Very rocky terrain and muddy. Strenuous/moderate level. Beautiful view at the top makes the 2+hour climb worth it.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Awesome view, moderate/strenuous hike. Tough if you're out of shape, but worth the time. Took about 6.5 hours with 2 kids.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great hike. Muddy in many spots. Steep rocky terrain most of the trail.

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