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Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain
North Elba, NY, Keene, NY

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The ledges near the top of Cascade Mountain
The ledges near the top of Cascade Mountain

Route: Cascade Mountain Trail, (Cascade Mountain Mountain), Cascade Mountain Trail, Porter Mountain Trail, (Porter Mountain), Porter Mountain Trail, Cascade Mountain Trail

My first venture in the Adirondacks, I opted for a shorter hike due to time constraints, as well as two sore ankles.

From the get go, the trail was very muddy, due in part to the recent weeks of rain. The trail was generally pretty tame, though rugged in places.

Above treeline, there was a quasi scramble and lots of nice ledge walking. Though hazy, the views from Cascade were nonetheless quite nice.

After descending to the trail junction, I headed across the muddy ridge to Porter, which didn't have anything marking its highpoint. There were decent directional views from the summit ledge, as well as a few other ledge views prior.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Cascade Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Porter Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Parking Elevation: 2,200'
Destination: Cascade Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:10
Trailhead Elevation: 2,180'
Summit Elevation: 4,098'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,918'
Destination: Porter Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:29
Trailhead Elevation: 4,098'
Summit Elevation: 4,059'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 269'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:44
Hike Distance: 6.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,427'


The Cascade Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 73
The Cascade Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 73

Looking north at Pitchoff Mountain from Cascade Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking north at Pitchoff Mountain from Cascade Mountain

The Porter Mountain Trail
The Porter Mountain Trail

Looking at Big Slide Mountain from Porter Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Big Slide Mountain from Porter Mountain

Topographic map of Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 73 west from Keene, toward Lake Placid. The Cascade Mountain Trail will be on the left, shortly after passing the Cascade Lakes. There are small roadside lots at the trailhead and as one approaches the height of land.

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