Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

MODERATE 431 reviews

Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers 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
2381 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

4,098 feet, Cascade Mountain (ADK #36 @ 4,098') and Porter (ADK #38 @ 4,059') are two of the easier high peak trails and very popular. The Cascade Trail can be steep st times with a few easy rock scrambles but it is not an overly tough trail. There is an excellent waterfall along the trail and amazing views at the summit. You can turn around and head back down or continue on to Porter for another High Peak. The trail to Porter is not as heavily traveled and offers some excellent woods. These two 46er's a good start for you list as they are right off Rt. 73. This 4,098' tall peak along with it's neighbor Porter at 4,084 are great starter peaks for aspiring 46ers as they are close to the road an a relatively easy climb, albeit steep. When you get to the junction and you are tired take the time to rest on Cascade and continue on to Porter as this is the easiest way to get both mountains.

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2 days ago

Amazing views at the top of Cascade! Porter trail was quite muddy & offered a smaller summit, but an easy way to knock off two high peaks in one day. Very crowded, so arrive before 9 or start after 3 pm. Up and back takes less than 5 hours even if you spend time at both summits.

2 days ago

Breathtaking views! Worth the hike!

3 days ago

Beautiful 360 degree views from Cascade.

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4 days ago

If you're just starting out your journey to become a 46er, or just looking for beautiful views, hike Cascade and Porter. I truly don't believe you should hike one without the other. Cascade and Porter are easy, in comparison to any ADK High Peaks.

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4 days ago

this trail is a steady climb from the beginning almost to the end where it flattens out for a short distance to the rocky top of Cascade. beautiful views from there. retrace your steps back to where the trail splits to Porter and be prepared for another 10 to 20 minutes of down then back up to the second peak. The view isnt as good here but you can see your fellow hikers on Cascade where you already were. The trails were 99% dry the day we did them (Aug 17th) . lots of friendly hikers, as is usual for the Adirondacks!

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Busy trail with lots of young kids and dogs. Cascade has a great view at the top.

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8 days ago

Did both on Sunday with my wife and 3 kids and a friend of mine, only issue I think is porter is muddy as hell and hikers up north for the most part have 0 trail etiquette. Cascade was amazing when the fog broke

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11 days ago

The views were incredible. Very easy hike for a 4 thousand footer. Just enough of an incline in spots to make you feel like you're working for it and a decent amount of mileage. Quick and easy jaunt off to Porter to check another 46er off the list. We were lucky to have a beautiful day to hike. Certainly a well travelled area and was very busy on a Saturday. Still rewarding, easy to find with ample amount of parking, and amazing views. My 10 year old pup came along for the jaunt as well, and every dog we met was appropriately on leash. Certainly appreciated that!