Hiking Cascade Mountain – Adirondack High Peaks


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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


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.


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

Weather Forecast

Lake Placid, NY

This Afternoon
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as 0. Northwest wind around 12 mph.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -9. West wind 8 to 12 mph.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as -7. West wind 5 to 8 mph.

Thursday Night
A slight chance of snow showers between 11pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind around 6 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Partly sunny, with a high near 29. South wind around 7 mph. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. South wind around 9 mph.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. South wind 8 to 12 mph.


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

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about