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4 days ago

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 this today 4/18. we hiked up with our 2 year old in the hiking carrier and 4yr old nephew walking. took about 2 hours round trip. beautiful view from the top. Still a little snow/ice in some sections but easy to get around.

Hiked today icy at the top. Fun easy hike!

6 days ago

Loved the hike! We took the difficult way up and the easier way down . Unfortunately it was foggy so we couldn't enjoy all the views. It took about an hour and 1/2. Great for my first hike in the Adirondacks!

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!

9 days ago

Good hiking but not enough point of view along the trail.

10 days ago

10 days ago

Good hike overall, with some pretty rewarding views at the dam. It wasn't steep, but the ice and mud made it slippery. For families who don't want to hike the full Mount Marcy, this trail is highly recommended.

12 days ago

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.

This hike was great! We took the easy way up and down and it took us only 2hrs with a break on the summit. For such a short hike, it still had some amazing views. Highly recommended!

on Marcy Dam Trail

17 days ago