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

This Afternoon
A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 57. South wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight
Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday
Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. North wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night
Rain before 9pm, then rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday
A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Northwest wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night
A slight chance of rain showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 7 to 17 mph.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind around 6 mph.

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