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Cascade Mountain, New York - Hiking

New York, United States


Difficulty Moderate
Distance 9 KM
Elevation gain 1,249 M




Cascade Mountain is in Essex County of New York. It is one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks (36th) and is located in the Adirondack Park. Its name comes from a series of waterfalls on a brook near the mountain's base. The lake it flows into and the pass between Cascade and Pitchoff mountains are also named Cascade. Cascade Mountain towers over the Van Hoevenberg ski center, the venue for bobsledding at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Cascade is the most accessible and the most frequently climbed. The main trailhead is on Route 73, 6 miles (10 km) east of Lake Placid, at Cascade Pass, overlooking Cascade Lake. The summit is visible from the trailhead, a rare occurrence in the High Peaks. The well-used trail follows red plastic markers and takes the hiker up 2.2 miles (4.6 km) and almost 2,000 vertical feet (600 vertical m) to the mountain's bare-rock summit, which, while it resembles the alpine summits found on many higher peaks, is instead the result of a 1903 fire. Views are possible in all directions, and on a clear day with good weather one often finds many hikers on the summit. Porter Mountain, another of the High Peaks, is an easy side-trip.




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Contact Information

1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867

Rating and comments

Anna Lopez
Anna Lopez
This is a great hike. I did Giant Mountain earlier in the week and this was significantly easier. I’m not sure if I got my legs back doing Giant, but this was a really nice hike and much easier. You can knock out two 46ers with this hike by going over to Porter Mountain along the Ridge. The trail is clearly marked. I did Cascade first, then Porter. I wish I had done Porter first, because it was Anti-Climatic after Cascades panoramic views. The parking is right off 73, the earlier the better. The google directions are spot on. Enjoy the hike and remember to climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.
Karena Burkhard
Karena Burkhard
Snowshoed to the summit on 12-30-2000 from Route 73. Beautiful clear day with fairly hard crusty snow, soft only in places.
Jarred Ellisor
Jarred Ellisor
Even though this is not highest peak in Adirondack, I find the view from the peak to be more scenic and satisfying than other peaks, probably due to the fact that the peak itself is wide enough to get a good view. Will never forget the view from this peak on one summer/fall evening around 5 pm or so, there was nobody at the peak and the sun was about to set in the horizon.
Robby Janda
Robby Janda
Amazing hike. The trail starts fairly even before you start the real ascent. A lot of larger rocks along the trail. Pretty muddy with LOTS of bugs when we went in June. The last few hundred meters are gorgeous with incredible views of the entire region.
Jennifer Anderson
Jennifer Anderson
Fun mountain but heavily traveled

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