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Hiking Porter Mountain – Lake Placid, NY

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Article Categories: Hiking
Article Tags: Day Hikes | Hiking | New York Hiking

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
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 6 to 20 mph.

Tuesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southwest wind 8 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 16 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday
Isolated rain showers between 11am and 2pm, then isolated showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 4pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 13 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday
A chance of rain showers before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 14 to 25 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

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, backcountry skier, 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 climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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