Cascade Mountain

Keene, NY 12946


Overview

Cascade Mountain is the 36th-highest of New York's Adirondack High Peaks, with an elevation of 4,098 ft.

Originally named Long Pond Mountain, Cascade Mountain was renamed for the falls between the two Cascade Lakes. The current trail was laid out to replace the old, steeper and eroded trail in 1974.  

The trailhead starts on Route 73 and is marked with red discs. The biggest challenge of this hike can be parking. It is not recommended that you park directly on the side of the road due to the danger that presents. Parking to the east or west of the trailhead will allow you to get your car off the road.

Note: On your way to the trailhead, grab a rock. Don’t be alarmed, it’s for a good cause. At the trailhead you will see a sign for “Carry-A-Rock To Cascade”. The rocks will be used by the Summit Stewards to build cairns and define trails.

The distance to the summit of Cascade Mountain is 2.4 miles with an ascent of 1940’, which makes it very enjoyable. While it is regarded by many as the easiest of the 46 High Peaks, it is not recommended for children or those with little hiking experience. 

Upon reaching the summit of this bald mountain you will be blown away by the views! Before you forget, look for the sign and deposit your rock. The summit is usually quite crowded, but if you can, find a quiet place to the side to sit and have a bite to eat and take some photos before heading back down. It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of the view, so keep in mind the amount of time it takes to hike back down.

The Porter Mountain trail intersects with Cascade's trail just below Cascade's summit, so the two can be climbed in combination.

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3 reviews from our community

I have hiked this peak 4 times. It is absolutely my favorite and the view is worth it! It is not really an "easy" hike though. Like the previous reviews have stated I do not feel that the rating that many websites gives this hike is accurate. The most important thing to remember is that this would be considered an easy hike for a high peak. That stated it is still a high peak and you are working to get up it. Make sure you bring plenty of water, snacks and that you are in decent shape. We saw people from NYC this past year they had all just come off the couch - including their dog who had seized up because of heat, being out of shape and no water. Do not come unprepared for this! Do some research and understand this is a high peak.

A beautiful hike in spite of the number of people who climb Cascade. Be prepared! My hiking partner and I saw too many people with very little or no water, wearing sneakers, and had no day packs. A conversation with one couple from Manhattan was proof the local guide books don't accurately describe this climb. This is not a hike in the woods as many think it is. And even on a warm day, bring a jacket. The winds on Cascade were intense the day we went. Again, please be prepared to hike...this is not a walk.

Cascade Mountain is NOT an easy climb as described in home page website. True, views are good at top but the trail is rocky, steep, treacherous at times and never ending rocks, up ,up, up to top. I am 60 and in good shape overall but beware there are no plateaus to rest upon on the way to the top. Mountain shoes, rock climbing shoes, hiking stick, bug spray, net helmets recommended for sure. Children 8+ years old that are use to hiking long distances may be okay. Parents do not bring babies, even if you want to put them on your back, find a baby sitter, it is too dangerous to have child on your back when climbing this one. Climbed 5/30/16


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