Porter Mountain is a gorgeous peak that is frequently summited in conjunction with the very popular Cascade Mountain. It features a small rock summit, and a rock ledge with fantastic views.

Height: 4,058 feet (1237 meters)
Distance: 5.6 miles (9.01 km)
Elevation Gain:  2,293 feet ( 698.9 meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 4-5 hours

Trails

Cascade Mountain Trail – 5.6 miles

This trail is the most common way for hikers to summit Cascade Mountain and Porter 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 of porter in 2.8 miles. The junction for the summits of Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain is located 2.1 miles into the trail.

Trail Map

Directions

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

Winter Hiking

Porter Mountain is a fantastic winter hike due to the relatively short distance. It also doesn’t feature many steep or dangerous ice sections making it a frequently hiked winter ascent.

Weather Forecast

Lake Placid, NY

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Heat index values as high as 91. West wind 7 to 13 mph.

Saturday Night
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. West wind 10 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday
A chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Pictures

Waterfall on trail to Porter MountainTrail to Porter Mountain

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

Porter Mountain Summit