Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack High Peaks
State Rt 73 at Cascade Lakes
Length: 4.4 mile roundtrip
Elevation: 4,098 ft. Elevation change: 1739 ft.
Cascade Mountain is one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks (36th) and is located in the Adirondack Park. Its name comes from a series of waterfalls on a brook near the mountain's base. The lake it flows into and the pass between Cascade and Pitchoff mountains are also named Cascade. Of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Cascade is the most accessible and the most frequently climbed. 1
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.1
The well-used trail follows red plastic markers and takes the hiker up 2.2 miles and almost 2,000 vertical feet to the mountain's bare-rock summit, which, while it resembles the alpine summits found on many higher peaks, is instead the result of a 1903 fire. Views are possible in all directions, and on a clear day with good weather one often finds many hikers on the summit. 1
Cascade's 360° views at the summit bring lots of visitors; this can be a very crowded summit during the summer and holiday weekends. Parking on the highway can be a problem with a walk of several hundred yards along the highway often required on a busy day. Cascade has a tendency to be a windy summit, bring appropriate wind gear. 2