Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail

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Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, 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.

Length6.5 miElevation gain2,293 ftRoute typeOut & 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.

Parking costs $5 in Keane Valley, free off Cascade Trail.

The main trail starts on route 73 approximately 6.8 miles west of Keen. The trailhead is about 300 meters west from the small lake in the pass. You can fill-out a self issue permit at the trailhead.

Parking on Route 73 between Keene and Placid

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Syd Steger
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SnowshoeingRockyScrambleSnow

The trail was broken pretty well but I still wore snowshoes the entire time. I passed a few others along the way that were only wearing micro spikes which I was tempted to do on the way down because I kept getting hung up on fallen trees, rocks and roots. However snowshoes we’re definitely needed to get to the summit cascade. I was up and back down in just under 4 hours. The summit of cascade was sketchy in some places but I’m sure someone with more experience wouldn’t have an issue. No views up top but I didn’t mind. All I wanted to do was check off a peak and have a good time! If you are new to winter hiking and want to get a peak in I would definitely recommend porter. You could always head over to cascade afterwards to try it out since it’s right around the bend from the split and decide if you want to do it or save it for another day if you’re uncomfortable. The things I found most helpful for this hike (especially on the way down). Were poles and waterproof pants. Slowly sliding down some spots with waterproof pants on and using my poles to brace myself on steeper sections was a great way to avoid falling and potential injury. If you plan on hiking this route have fun and be safe!

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Stephanie Plaisted
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HikingGreat!

Hiked Cascade and Porter on 12/18/2021. The trails were pretty well packed, so my snowshoes took a free ride. Spikes were very helpful, especially at the summit.

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Morgan Cox
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SnowshoeingIcySnow

Most of the trail was packed really well. The off shoot to Porter was a little less traveled. Only need spikes for most of it. The summit for Cascade was WINDY and cold.

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Nic Oddo
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Heavy snow cover, so snow shoes and poles a must.

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B Lau
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Nate Hollister
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Andrew Dimitriou
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked both peaks on Friday, trail was in good condition...definitely need some sort of traction, would recommend microspikes. Great views at the top as always.

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Tierney Farrell
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Snowy and beautiful. Trail was packed down a bit. Recommend snowshoes & shell - snow was wet! No wind at the summit but sadly no views either (total cloud cover!)

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Adam Leonetti
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Mike M
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Jason Parkhurst
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HikingGreat!Icy

Perfect easy 4K - what more could you ask for!!

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Miriam Mcgiver
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Chole Singleton
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HikingGreat!

Crazy beautiful!! Cascade is one of my all time favorite peaks, plus who doesn’t want to knock out another 46er with porter!

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Wendy Kuceyeski
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HikingIcySnow

What a great hike! Microspikes needed but no snowshoes yet. Great views from both summits.

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Robin McLaughlin
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Joshua Jeffes
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

Great trail!!! Awesome views from both mountains. I Recommend spikes bit snowshoes aren't necessary. Off the trail there was enough snow that my whole show went in and it was above my ankle. The snow was amazing on the around scenery.

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Sydnee Smith
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Trail was in great condition! A little icy with some snow- microspikes definitely needed! Perfect weather out today and the views were breathtaking!! Took around 4 hours to complete both mountains, and ended up being a super fun and amazing hike:) One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done

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John Seigle
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HikingGreat!Snow

Perfect! Mandatory micro spikes and beautiful views. No shoeshoes needed not enough snow. Forgot how awesome the Porter view was also

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John Myers
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Such a beautiful hike. People were hiking without Microspikes, but I recommend, they helped a ton. The weather was perfect, and the view from the summit was breathtaking. Nothing beats the ADK mountains

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