4,059 ft / 1,237 m


295 ft / 90 m


237 summits

Top climbing months

August   17%

July   16%

September  10%

Most climbed route

Cascade Peak to Porter Trail


  • Porter Mountain is one of the Adirondack High Peaks in Adirondack Park.
  • Somewhat overshadowed by its higher and more popular neighbor, Cascade Mountain, with which it is often climbed, Porter is nevertheless rewarding.
  • While it lacks the pseudo-alpine open summit of Cascade, there are nevertheless wide views available from the summit, particularly of the Johns Brook Valley to the east (which Porter blocks from Cascade); it is often less crowded than Cascade.
  • A yellow-blazed trail leaves the trail to Cascade about 0.5 mile short of that mountain's summit and leads down into the col between the two peaks about 1 mile to Porter's summit.
  • It is also possible to follow this trail from its other terminus, over neighboring Blueberry Mountain from Keene Valley, although that involves a greater vertical ascent and a longer trip.
"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. Mostlly 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
"Pretty buggy on the summit but not terrible. We summited Porter before we reached Cascade and were thankful that we did as we could see many people on the Cascade summit. Quite muddy going from the Porter sign to the actual summit." - brittanypalmieri, Jul 5, 2017
"After summiting Cascade Mountain, I was exhausted. I attempted Porter. I was already dreading the fact that I was going to have to climb to the summit after hiking down into the col, and then back up and out... but when I sunk into the mud past my shins, I threw in the towel. " - jennifermurphy, Jun 29, 2017
"Enjoyed a nice 6.2 mile RT hike of Casade and Porter on a very warm, January day - snow covered was minimal, barely enough to cover the rocks, mushy by the end of the hike. Low hanging clouds, very grippy ice in the col. Nice beginning hike for a few of our friend who have not done a HP in winter." - deb-and-rob, Jan 21, 2017



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