Cascade Mountain: a Classic Adirondack Hike

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From the summit of Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks

From the summit of Cascade Mountain, 36th tallest of the original 46 peaks over 4,000 feet found in the Adirondacks.

Although considered one of the easiest hikes of the 46 Adirondack high peaks, a hike up Cascade Mountain is no walk in the park. At 4,098 feet, the bald summit of Cascade Mountain is a popular destination for intermediate hikers.

Rock stairs on the way up Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks

Rock stairs come in handy on the way up Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The 2.35 mile moderate climb includes a few steep pitches and number of muddy spots when the weather is damp, so rock hopping skills and good balance prove valuable. Hikers with less than half a day’s time are treated to magnificent views of the surrounding high peaks and the entire Champlain Valley.

Muddy Trail on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks

Located minutes from the Village of Lake Placid, the trailhead for this peak is found just off of New York State Route 73, east of Lake Placid about 4.5 miles past the Adirondack Loj Road and 6.8 miles from Keene.

Rocky approach to the summit of Cascade Mountain

The rocky approach to the summit of Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks.

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