This 4,098' tall peak along with it's neighbor Porter at 4,084 are great starter peaks for aspiring 46ers as they are close to the road an a relatively easy climb, albeit steep. When you get to the junction and you are tired take the time to rest on Cascade and continue on to Porter as this is the easiest way to get both mountains.
The main trail starts on route 73 approximately 6.8 miles west of Keen. The trailhead is about 300 meters west from the small lake in the pass.
You can fill-out a self issue permit at the trailhead.
We had an awesome experience climbing our first two high peaks. We were on the trail by 8:15 AM and really enjoyed our hike through all the rocks. (I think hiking boots are a must, tennis shoes won't have the hard bottom for all the roots and rocks.) When we made it to the first cliff over look we couldn't see anything but fog, it made us worry about what was in store further up. When we came to the intersection for Cascade and Porter people coming down said it was still a white out, we decided to hike Porter first and hope the fog burned off by the time we got back. The hike to Porter was very muddy, I had to carry my 6 year old over various sections so he would be drenched. We came to a large bolder and nice over look and decided to have lunch, some people said this was the summit for Porter, but it didn't feel right. Sure enough after lunch we saw the trail continued up further and within minutes we summited our first high peak. The fog was still very dense and we could only see other peaks as the fog blew around, we also got just glimpses of Cascade. As luck would have it as we made it back to the intersection(11:30AM) people said the fog had just burned off. We pushed ahead the .3 miles to the top and truly enjoyed a once in a lifetime view. My 6 year old captured it perfectly, "This view is Epic!" It took us 1 1/2 hours to get down the mountain and in the car by 1:30. Not bad enjoyed two high peaks in 5 hours! Just then the heaves opened and unleashed a classic Adirondack Thunderstorm, I felt bad for all the people we passed heading up the mountain as we descended, I hope everyone made it off the mountain safe. Visited on Aug 15, 2015
This was mine and my wife first 2, 46er mountain's I climb and didn't know exactly what to expect. At the end of April I didn't expect the top half of the mountain to be all snow and ice and the bottom half to be so rocky. It took a little longer then expected (5hrs) to climb both mountains. But as luck would have it, we finished it and as we were driving away it started raining. Perfect timing. Loved the climb! Visited on Apr 29, 2014