Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail

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Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,293 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Cascade Mountain Trail is a popular hiking trail to access Porter Mountain and Cascade Mountain peaks. The trail is exposed and steep with easy rock scrambles along the way. Hikers will be treated to amazing views and a waterfall on their way up. The summit can be crowded during the summer months. The trail is a popular destination for Lake Placid hikers and ski enthusiasts. Check the weather before going as cold conditions and sudden weather changes are frequent. The trailhead can be reached from Route 73 before reaching Cascade Lakes.

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icy
4 days ago

What an amazing day. No wind, blue sky’s, didn’t even have to put a jacket on up top (and yes, it was January 14th ). Only microspikes needed. Snowshoes absolutely not necessary. 4.5 hrs car to car with both peaks and a lot of lounging on the summit.

Always a tough one but it was a beautiful day for a winter hike. The snow had just come down so the ice layer under the trail wasn’t super prevalent and gave us nice traction. We went to Porter first to get the tough part out of the way because it dips a couple hundred feet before the summit. I highly recommend studded boots for the walk down more than up, we slipped a few times and we are normally pretty stable hikers. Very cold at the top due to wind and chill, check the ADK trail weather reports! We finished in about 4 hours but we’re quick hikers and didn’t stay at the top very long.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Started this hike at sunrise and had the trail all to ourselves. The trail is very easy to follow and packed down well by all the other hikers. This was by far the easiest high peaks hike I've done so far, perfect if you're a beginner or bringing someone on their first hike. Views from both Porter and Cascade summits are really nice considering the short time it takes to reach them. I wore snowshoes but crampons or microspikes would have been the best option, since you definitely need something to grip the ice especially near the top.

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rocky
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snow
20 days ago

Fun hike! Very icy in December though. You definitely need proper foot gear! One of my favourites!

started at 6am, wore mini spikes the whole way up both mountain. Cascade was the easier one to climb, Porter dealt with ice on the way to and back. view was gorgeous, going back sliding made everything easier. 6/5

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

Great trail: doable with spikes only, well traveled, very windy at the top of cascade

I did this hike on 12/22/19. This is a pretty great beginners hike. It took me 3 hours and 15 minutes (I’m not a beginner) and all I wore for traction was micro spikes.

hiking
29 days ago

Not too crowded early on (9:00) but later around noon the lots were filling up. Lots of people having fun, good vibes. Best footwear is microspikes, just watch out for the few hard ice spots, especially where covered by snow, Snowshoes weren't needed at all, crampons would be overkill and there's a lot of exposed rock on cascade. Trail is really easy to follow.

Belle randonnée relativement facile. Fait aller-retour (Avec Cascade et Porter) en 4 hres (arrets minimal) en revenant à la noirceur (c’est cool). Fait avec des raquettes. Je les ai appréciés entre les sommets Cascade et Porter, mais sinon des crampons / spikes auraient mieux fait le travail étant donné le peu de neige et le sentier rocheux.

hiking
1 month ago

Super rando à faire entre amis. Parfait pour un aller-retour de Montréal en une journée. Super beau point de vue. Très achalandé.

icy
snow
1 month ago

We traveled up for a few days from New Hampshire. The weather was as good as could expected for the season. The trail could have been better marked but were able to follow the trail from other hikers. very icy, crampons definitely a must. Great views at the summit. Definitely will come back in the summer!

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