Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

MODERATE 267 reviews

Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail is a 5.7 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.

5.7 miles 2434 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

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.

2 days ago

Hiked today icy at the top. Fun easy hike!

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3 days ago

Hiked both porter and cascade this morning. After reading the previous reviews I brought microspikes but didn't plan to use them. I'm glad I brought them! It was very slippery and icy on some parts, not all though. Extremely windy in top. There was very little trail markers but the path is pretty clear and easy to follow. Porter was interesting, found a big rock where I could see a view but other than that no great views. Overall easier hike and defintely worth doing!

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4 days ago

Hiked 4/17/17. The trail was muddy in the beginning turning to ice and snow. Spikes were perfect as the snow on the trail was hard packed. Flurries at the top, wind gusting, low clouds = no view. Path to Porter was mostly snow with ice in a few spots. Sky was clearing up by the time we got to the peak of Porter.

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5 days ago

hiked this peak today 4/17 with my husband. we weren't sure how the trail would be and didn't have microspikes. there was ice and snow for about 1/3 of the trail but it was easily navigated without microspikes Took us about 70 minutes to get to the top of Cascade and about 60 minutes to get down. we skipped porter since there was no view and we have already hiked it a couple times. great early hiking season hike!

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22 days ago

3/29/17 - Only did Cascade Mt on this trip. Started the hike at about 11:30 AM. Got to the top at about 2 PM. Hung out at the summit for about 15 minutes, but it was very cold, blustery, and snowing. Back at the bottom by around 4 PM. Unfortunately it was too foggy at the summit to see any of the views. Bummer! I was able to get some views at the clearing before the summit though at least.

The conditions on the trail were good. I brought my snowshoes but never needed them. Microspikes and trekking poles got me to the top. The trail consisted of hard, packed snow and ice.

Great hike and quite challenging for a guy that isn't very experienced in Winter hiking. A fun one though and good exercise. Steep at times!

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Needed snowshoes or crampons. Very windy at the top

29 days ago

A sure start to 46er fever.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

loved this one. first time using the snow shoes and it was great!

2 months ago

Excellent first time snowshoeing as well my first time ascending one of the 46 high peaks. A nice two for one

2 months ago

Really fun for snowshoeing

snowshoeing
2 months ago

First time snowshoeing. Fabulous. Not sure if I would hike again without snow.

2 months ago

Snowshoed this winter January 28th. Was tons of fun in a snowstorm. Took longer than expected but the trail was well packed. No view at the summit because of the storm but overall great trip

hiking
2 months ago

Best day hike in New York.

2 months ago

cascade is a great hike in general has a beautiful view fro. the top. Its perfect for your beginner 46er that doesn't know where to start. Porter doesn't have much of a view. It's a little lower than cascade and looks directly at it. I would only recommend if you want to be a 46er or want to see cascade. They are both fairly easy

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2 months ago

Great hike. The top of Cascade had a great view, but was very cold and windy above treeline. Don't forget goggles, spikes or snowshoes. Porter was significantly less windy and still had a great view.

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2 months ago

Only did Cascade. Hike wasn't too bad. The 360 degree views at the summit were great!