Hiking Porter Mountain – Lake Placid, NY

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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
Rain. Cloudy. High near 48, with temperatures falling to around 41 in the afternoon. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight
Rain before 2am, then rain showers likely between 2am and 4am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 4am and 5am, then a chance of snow showers and patchy drizzle. Cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Monday
A chance of rain and snow showers before 8am, then a slight chance of drizzle between 8am and 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 12 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Northwest wind 3 to 12 mph.

Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. South wind 2 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South wind 7 to 18 mph.

Wednesday
A chance of snow showers before 10am, then rain and snow showers likely between 10am and 1pm, then rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. South wind 18 to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

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 Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor 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. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about