Hike Cascade & Porter Mountains



4.8 miles

Elevation Gain

1900 ft

Route Type


Added by Lucas Gashi

Hike 2 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and take in amazing views of Lake Champlain, Whiteface, and the Great Range peaks. 

Cascade 4,098ft and Porter 4,084ft are two easy peaks which are usually hiked together. The trail starts on Rt 73 and you starts climbing up slowly but not challenging at all. Is 2.4 mIles to summit of cascade, the last 0.2 miles is a open rock scrambling but I'm the winter when the weather is bad a can get really nasty so be prepared for the conditions. ones you summit you'll have 360° views. On your way back you have the option of doing Porter Mountain I guess it all depends how you feel but is absolutely worth it to include Porter this way you'll be hiking two peaks and just a mile more to your trip. The views on both mountains are spectacular. Another thing I absolutely recommend is to hike up Cascade into the night and sleep at the summit. All you need is a sleeping bag don't go crazy bringing a lot of gear, just make sure you set your alarm so you don't miss sunrise. Sunrise at top of Cascade is absolutely brilliant.

Key Points

  • Trailhead: 44.218928, -73.887573
  • Summit: 44.218539, -73.859990
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🥇Top Contributor

6 months ago

Good Starter

If you are looking to start in the ADK then these are the mountains to do it. The hikes are manageable an well trafficked which make route finding easy compared to some of the others. The views are also great. Parking can be a bit of a hassle but if you get there early you should be fine.


🥇Top Contributor

over 4 years ago


Love this hike. I took friends on it as there intro to the ADK High Peaks and they were very appreciative when we got to the top. You have great views in every direction. In the fall it is absolutely amazing with all the popping colors.


The view!!! Couldn't get over it. Such a fun hike.

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