Hike the Cascade Lake Loop

Rate this Adventure New York Cascade Lake Trailhead

Added by Rebecca Nichols

A beautiful loop hike around the lake also featuring a 40 foot waterfall.

This walk has so much to offer. Starting at the new parking area, you will register and follow the trail into the woods for 0.3 miles. Here you will pick up the old trail and follow it left.

At 0.95 the trail will split, you can take the fork right and ascend slightly. Over the next 1.75 miles you will pass several small streams on bridges. Just before the fifth bridge on your right a small trail will lead you to the waterfall.

Shortly after crossing that final bridge you will come to a meadow. At approximately 3.0 miles the trail will near the shoreline. Shortly after you will start to see some ruins on your right. This is remnants from an old girls camp called Lake Cascade Camp. Also in this area a short ways up on your left you will find a great primitive camping spot. As you continue you will pass more ruins and campsites.

At about 4.3 miles you will pass over your last bridge and then return to the fork where you will return on the trail back to your vehicle.

If you are new to backpacking or just enjoy primitive camping this would be a great hike for you.

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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