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I was on this trail about a year and a half ago... in late August. It was the beginning of my hike to Mt Marcy. But the views of the high peaks from the Marcy Dam were breathtaking, especially for such a short and rather level hike.
At the time I was here, the dam was damaged and you had to cross via a footbridge nearby. I'm not sure if that has been repaired yet, but it really makes no difference because the footbridge only adds about 10 minutes to your hike.
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!
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.
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!
First time hiking in the Adirondacks and a local recommended this trail and it did not disappoint. Views were spectacular. Took the short trail up which was a lot of scrambling. There was still some ice so the microspikes got a little use but not too much. Long trail on the way back was muddy and rooty but still great. Will be back to hike this trail again.