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.
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