Cascade Mountain is located in Lake Placid, NY and features incredible views of many Adirondack high peaks, Lake Champlain, and even the Green Mountains of Vermont. Due to the outstanding views, and ease of access, this is one of the most popular hikes in all 4 seasons.

Height: 4,098 feet (1,249 meters)
Distance: 4.8 miles (7.72 km)
Elevation Gain: 1,899 feet (579 meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 4-5 hours

Trails

Cascade Mountain Trail – 4.8 miles

This trail is the most common way for hikers to summit Cascade Mountain. It is an out and back trail that features a mostly gradual gain to the summit. Around 1.8 miles into the trail, you will get your fits good views, and will reach the summit in 2.4 miles.

Porter Mountain is often combined with Cascade Mountain and ads 1.4 miles total to the hike with a quick out and back trip.

Trail Map

Cascade Mountain Trail Map

Hiking in Winter

Cascade Mountain is a great option for a winter hike due to the short mileage and popularity of hikers. It does feature a few icy and steep sections that microspikes will help greatly in. The summit is exposed and can be very windy and cold in winter months.

Directions

There is parking along NY-73 in various spots near the trailhead.

Weather Forecast

Lake Placid, NY

Overnight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 18 mph.

Monday
A chance of rain showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 12 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. West wind 7 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday
A chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 59. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night
Scattered rain showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. West wind around 12 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Pictures

Cascade Mountain Trailhead

Cascade Mountain trailhead sign from road

Cascade Mountain Summit

Looking up towards Cascade Mountain Summit

Cascade Mountain From Porter Mountain

Views of Cascade Mountain from Porter Mountain

Cascade and Porter Mountain Trail Junction

Trail Junction between Porter Mountain and Cascade Mountain

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