The easiest and most accessible of the 46 high peaks, Cascade can also be one of the most crowded. A popular hike for families in the summertime, snowshoers in the winter, and athletes just out for a quick jaunt, the parking areas near the trailhead are often full and you will often find cars parked along the road. That said, it’s a quick and easy hike just outside of Lake Placid with a beautiful view that is well worth it despite the crowds.
|Distance||4.8 miles round trip|
The trail up Cascade begins by briefly heading downhill before beginning to climb gradually and steadily. Around 0.5 miles the trail will cross a brook, becoming steeper at 0.7 miles and continues at this gradient for another 0.5 miles. The trail will climb steeply for another 0.5 miles before reaching a ledge with a good lookout at 1.8 miles. At 2.1 miles the trail comes to a Y and you will head left towards Cascade. (the trail to the right leads to Porter) (LINK!!) Shortly after the intersection, the trail opens up to the rock face, and you will be out in the open, hiking along the open rock face for the last 0.3 miles until you reach the summit at 2.4 miles.
Heading from Lake Placid to Keene on Route 73, the trailhead for Cascade will be 4.5 miles from the intersection of Route 73 and Adirondack Loj Road. There are alternate parking areas before and after the trailhead along the same side of the road if the parking area directly in front of the trailhead is full.