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Porter Mountain, New York - Hiking

New York, United States


Difficulty Moderate
Distance 9 KM
Elevation gain 1,237 M




Porter Mountain is in Essex County of New York. It is one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and is located in the Adirondack Park. Its name comes from Noah Porter, later president of Yale University and one of the first to climb it. Somewhat overshadowed by its higher and more popular neighbor, Cascade Mountain, with which it is often climbed, Porter is nevertheless rewarding. While it lacks the pseudo-alpine open summit of Cascade, there are nevertheless wide views available from the summit, particularly of the Johns Brook Valley to the east (which Porter blocks from Cascade); it is often less crowded than Cascade. A yellow-blazed trail leaves the trail to Cascade about 0.5 mile (approximately 1 km) short of that mountain's summit, and leads down into the col between the two peaks about 1 mile (1.6 km) to Porter’s summit. It is also possible to follow this trail from its other terminus, over neighboring Blueberry Mountain from Keene Valley, although that involves a greater vertical ascent and a longer trip. The trailhead to Blueberry Mountain and subsequently Porter Mountain is accessible from a parking lot next to Marcy Airfield on route 73.


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Contact Information

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

Rating and comments

Paul Williamson
Paul Williamson
bad view but its an adk high peak
Brice Kreitzer
Brice Kreitzer
I did Cascade Mountain first and took the Ridge over to Porter Mountain. I was underwhelmed with Porter, probably because I did Cascade first. The summit is not well defined, I kept looking for a better summit until I realized I was heading down the hill. I’m surprised this was even on the 46er list. I would do Cascade again, Porter not a chance. Too many better options in the area. Cascade and Porter are easy by 46er standards, so most healthy people can handle.
Leo Thomas
Leo Thomas
Another one star rating because of the poor Google Map directions. And Sean, it's not that I am upset with having to walk further. I am posting this on behalf of the private landowners who are getting tired of public hikers tearing up their steep, private road and then parking in their front yard. One landowner in the area has closed one of the trails to Porter Mountain just because of such problems.
Tawny Olin
Tawny Olin
The directions attached to this page for Porter Mountain use private roads that are NOT OPEN to the public. Public access to Porter Mt. from Keene Valley is either from the Garden Parking Lot (shorter, but fee and limited space) or Marcy Field between Keene and Keene Valley.
Ronald J. Johnson
Ronald J. Johnson
There is a trailhead at the end of a private drive that was open when we were there last week. It's a little hard to find but it's across from the Rooster Comb lot on Ranney Way. Just be respectful of the private property (don't park there, park at the Rooster Comb lot), stay on the drive and it will probably stay open. Also, I would suggest conferring with the Mountaineer (great local outdoor specialty store who gives great information and is happy to so), local hiking guide or the internet (All Trails or some other hiking site not Google Maps) if you have questions about trailheads and logistics instead of giving a one star rating.

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