The primary target for this hike is the large bald summit of Cascade Mountain, which boasts extraordinary 360-degree views. Total Duration: 4.5 Hours . Kelly was working in Lake Placid again so I went over to meet her for a hike. Cascade and Porter are always hiked together if one is trying to complete the challenge, simply because these two summits share the same trail for the first 2.1 miles (3.34 Km.). Hiking stats at a glance: 5.7 miles 4 hrs total with lengthy summit stops ~2,250 ft of elevation gain 2 High Peaks - Cascade Mountain 4,098 ft, Porter Mountain 4,058 ft This weekend in the Adirondack High Peaks was a little different than usual as I brought my girlfriend Kelly with me for her… To become an Adirondack 46er, you need to hike the 46 peaks over 4,000′. Cascade and Porter are two of the most accessible (and therefore most popular) of the Adirondack High Peaks. Short drive past the Olympic Ski Centre, more gentle slopes, similar distance too yesterday. At an elevation of 4,098 feet, Cascade Mountain sits at #36 on the Adirondack 46er Peak List – Porter, at 4,059 feet, is #38. View at the top of Cascade is well worth it. Sean’s blustery ascent of Cascade. We decided to start me off with Cascade and Porter, not far from town. At the hour and twenty minute mark, the trail comes to the first technical area with some nice exposed rock as seen below. Descended Cascade, had a quick bite to eat and headed over to the summit of Porter, which was also cold with low visibility, but not nearly as windy. There are a couple of false summits as you head up and the trail heads over to the right before the final climb to the top. The hike in was enjoyable but icy. From there, 0.7 miles to Porter summit. And off we headed, next stop, PORTER MOUNTAIN!! Porter Mountain: 4068 feet. You can also reach Porter Mountain from the Cascade Mountain Trail for just an extra 1.5 miles if you feel like doing both in the same day. Reading and hearing that Cascade was the easiest of the high peaks it was an obvious choice to make it my first high peak as well. 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. Mostly beacause all the mini lakes of deep waters surrounded by mud. Parking costs $5 in Keane Valley, free off Cascade Trail. Summiting Porter Mountain The trail to Porter from the Cascade/Porter junction (see photo to the left) is only 0.7 miles (1.1 km). The ascent is … I read that porter is most often done with cascade because it is also very easy. It is the shortest hike for the best views. There is one little lot right at the trail head and a host of secondary lots up the hill from the trail as well as down the hill to the east of the sign-in book. Record your own itinerary from the Wikiloc app, upload the trail and share it with the community. I dropped my pack by the ladder, knowing I wanted to eat a snack out of the wind and then hit the summit at 8:25 a.m. and took a quick shot next to the survey marker that’s atop the mountain. Then, as seen below, at the top of this rocky section, it allows views back through the trees. STATE: New York TOWN: Keene Valley DESTINATION: Cascade Mountain / Porter Mountain ELEVATION: 4098 Feet / 4068 Feet SUMMIT COORDINATES: Porter Mountain: N44 12.745, W73 51.235Porter Mountain: N44 12.745, W73 51.235 Back at the split, I took the trail that goes off to the right at the junction to head to Porter. Went over to porter with much more ice, put on spikes and it was no problem. Micro spikes worked perfectly. From there, 0.7 miles to Porter summit. July 10, 2017 July 30, 2017 / wintercow20 July 30, 2017 / wintercow20 This trail is often recommended for first time hikers of the high peaks since it's easy (in relative terms only) and beautiful (non relative terms). bring spikes. I left the junction at 8:15 a.m. and the trail goes across some boards before coming to the alpine zone of the summit. Her first of the High Peaks, my 3rd and 4th. Thank you! But once we got to the top of Porter we got to have a short break and we got to eat some gorp and gold fish until we saw and heard a thunderstorm coming in our direction so we decided to start heading down. Cascade and Porter are widely considered to be the easiest of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks. Trail starts out at the parking lot. Even though it was not snowing at the trail head, both peaks were white out when we got up there. Cascade and Porter Mountains - Adirondacks Day 2 of my Adirondack weekend, a few of us decided to hike Cascade and Porter Mtn. Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation: Approximately 2900 feet Our Time: 3.5 hours Trailhead Location: Cascade Mountain Trailhead, Cascade Mountain Foot Trail, Lake Placid, NY 12946 I left my house at 2:20 in the morning and arrived at the parking area at 6:20 a.m. to ensure I got a decent parking spot as I've read that the Adirondacks have been pretty busy during these times. The parking area for Cascade and Porter currently sits on the right side of Route 73, about ten minutes out of Lake Placid. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. But I was looking for an easy climb and chose Cascade. I thought about testing one but then I remembered that I promised my girlfriend I'd be careful. Cascade and Porter Mountains. Parking on Route 73 between Keene and Placid, Trails in good condition as of 12/23. Very muddy conditions, very little ice up to cascade (spikes not needed today). Great time. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. and then ice - spikes are a must. Everest. It took 23 minutes from the junction of Cascade and Porter to reach the summit right about at 9 in the morning. Cate got here at 7, and we were on the road by 7:30. Trail had a few inches of snow and a little ice, needed traction at the top. Cascade Mountain is considered one of the easiest and shortest Adirondack High Peak hikes. The Cascade Mtn./Porter Mtn. wife and i may hit cascade/porter on sunday. Cascade 4,098ft and Porter 4,084ft are two easy peaks which are usually hiked together. This was 35 minutes into the hike. Cascade, Porter, Little Porter, and Big Slide Posted on September 9, 2016 September 13, 2016 I had five days available, with five “normal” hikes planned; any chance to string multiples together would save me from driving on a hiking day, which is always welcome. I spent 15 minutes on the summit waiting for the clouds to roll past so I could get a clear shot of Cascade and Big Slide. Well, we’ve now hiked this route basically three times: last summer we hiked Cascade with some friends before we decided to do the 46, then a few weeks later we did Porter after we decided to do the 46, and now we’re … I had a minor detour from my Fire Tower Challenge when invited by my cousin to do a couple high peaks. Cascade Summit Bench Mark. It was really windy, the summit was covered in … There were a lot of people just coming off the trail when I arrived. The trailhead is about 300 meters west from the small lake in the pass. This was our second hike in winter conditions, but the previous one up Phelps was early enough in the season that it … Since it was right there I decided to do Porter as well. We took the easy option today. We decided to start me off with Cascade and Porter, not far from town. That said, if you come prepared and take your time, it's worth it in the end! Pretty cold, layer up and micro spikes are a must. Porter Mountain: 4068 feet. Clouds were packed in so no views today. The top of cascade was intense wind/cold and a total whiteout. There are three major trails that lead to these summits, but we decided to stick with the shortest and most accessible of … The trail to porter was MUDDY. The main trail starts on route 73 approximately 6.8 miles west of Keen. Easy hike for awesome views, even in winter. Search for: Cascade and Porter. The summit was a white out. This was listed as a half-day hike, and clearly I was the only one attempting it as an afternoon hike. Many people also choose Cascade over other high peaks for the views, which are absolutely breathtaking. Peaks: Cascade and Porter Distance: 4.7 Trail Map Hiking in the winter adds an entirely different dynamic to climbing, particularly if there is a lot of snow and wind. 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