4,098 ft / 1,249 m


1,178 ft / 359 m


274 summits

Top climbing months

July   17%

August   15%

September  11%

Most climbed route

Trail from Route 73


  • Cascade Mountain is an ADK 46er in the Adirondack High Peaks region of Adirondack Park.
  • Its name comes from a series of waterfalls on a brook near the mountain's base.
  • Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Cascade is the most accessible and the most frequently climbed.
  • The main trailhead is on Route 73, 6 miles east of Lake Placid, at Cascade Pass, overlooking Cascade Lake.
  • The summit is visible from the trailhead, a rare occurrence in the High Peaks.
  • The mountain's bare-rock summit resembles the alpine summits found on many higher peaks but instead is the result of a 1903 fire.
  • Porter Mountain, another of the ADK 46ers, is an easy side-trip that is usually climbed in the same outing.
"Belle journée ensoleillé avec des bon amis! La rando fut très rapide vu que nous étions assez rapide. Impossible d'aller souper par contre. Aucun besoin de raquette. Probablement la dernière fois de la saison que je les apportes. " - fsoucy76, Apr 7, 2018
"Deep snow - trail hard packed snow throughout - easy to walk on. Little ice (snow covered). Spikes throughout. Mostly sunny with low wind apart from above the tree line on Cascade where it was breezy. 29-39 degrees. Saw lots of people coming up and down. Only saw 2 groups doing Porter as well though." - rhinteractive, Apr 2, 2018
"Muddy but very enjoyable, perfect weather day and with it being shortly after a holiday...not many people were out in comparison to what I have heard about the popularity of this trail. Bugs weren't bad at all! Last little bit of open rock was a little tricky." - brittanypalmieri, Jul 5, 2017
"I had the lofty idea that I might be able to summit all 46 high peaks in the ADKs. I started with the "easiest" climb. It took me seven hours to hike what should have been 6.2 miles to bag Cascade and Porter mountains. I didn't make Porter, but did manage to get Cascade. I may never be a 46er, but I will definitely go back and get a few more!" - jennifermurphy, Jun 29, 2017
"Trail and summit was still snow covered for early spring day, roughly about a foot +. Came across a Pine Marten on the trail. Summit was very windy and had that all to myself as well. " - scottturner, Apr 9, 2017



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