Clear Skies from Cascade Mountain

Winter is here, and it's about time to venture to new places. After our last journey, we wanted clear skies, and a new destination. Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks easily fit that bill. This peak can be found in the High Peaks Wilderness of the Adirondacks, in New York. The views from Cascade Mountain's bald summit are vast and amazing, especially when there are no clouds in the sky.

The High Peaks Wilderness from Cascade Mountain.

My dad and I located the trailhead and swiftly began up the trail. The path was packed down, and snowshoes were not necessary along any part of the trail. I do recommend spikes, as there are several areas along the trail covered in ice. The trail itself was flat, and never got too steep.

The sun can be seen peeking through the trees along the trail.

After a slight incline, the trail flattened out again, and we were getting glimpses over to the other high peaks. The snow wasn't that deep off trail, and the whole path was packed down. After another incline, we came to a large ledge with a grand view of the high peaks. From here we could see Mt.Colden and Mt.Algonquin.

Mt.Colden through the trees.
The view from the ledge. Mt.Colden, Mt.Algonquin, and Street Mountain can be seen.

We reached the junction, and continued up to Cascade Mountain. We were going to do Porter Mountain as well, but the trail had a slight dusting on it, and nobody had gone out to it that day. We ventured toward Cascade Mountain, and eventually found ourselves at the base of the mountain's craggy, bald summit.

The trail over to Porter Mountain.
The craggy summit of Cascade Mountain.

The summit was powdered with soft snow, and the gradual ascent of the summit was one of the most beautiful moments ever. The trail was easy to follow, and once we rose above the trees, we experienced no breeze, and a fantastic view into the heart of the High Peaks Wilderness.

The Great Range and other high peaks seen from the trail.
Mt.Colden, Avalanche Mountain, and Mt.Algonquin from Cascade Mountain.

The views were amazing, and we could see so much of the beautiful landscape of the Adirondacks, and even the Green Mountains of Vermont. I ascended the rocks more and more, until I reached the summit. From here there was also a view north toward Mt.Whiteface and Lake Placid.

Porter Mountain, with the Great Range, Dix Mountain, and Nippletop as the backdrop.
Looking west from the summit.
Looking toward the Soda Range.
Looking north. Mt.Whiteface is the most notable peak on the left.

Some notable peaks that can be seen include Dix Mountain, Mt.Marcy, Mt.Colden, Mt.Algonquin, Mt.Whiteface, Mt.Esther, Jay Mountain, Hurricane Mountain, Mt.Mansfield, Camel's Hump, Mt.Abraham, and Mt.Ellen. Lake Champlain is also hidden beneath the undercast to the east.

Hurricane Mountain is in center shot, and the Green Mountains can be seen in the background.
Hurricane Mountain and the firetower, with Camel's Hump behind it.
Bella enjoying the scenery.

A few groups came and went while we were up there. This is a decently popular mountain this time of year, and there's good reason for it. The entire Great Range can be seen as well, which includes several high peaks.

Bella posing in front of the peaks.
The Great Range
Can't get enough of the view!
Giant Mountain over Porter Mountain.
A plane sailing past Mt.Algonquin.

We stayed atop the summit for thirty minutes. The air was crisp and a good temperature, with no breeze. It was great, but it was also time to head down. The descent wasn't bad, and the trail wasn't too slippery (be sure to wear spikes).

Heading back down the trail, where Mt.Whiteface can be seen.

It was a great experience to be back in the Adirondacks. If your a long time reader, you may know that the last time I was out here it was Buck Mountain, back in February. The last time I was in the High Peaks Wilderness was on Mt.Algonquin in 2011, so It's been a while. I may or may not have a new series on my blog coming out soon, so stay for that.Thanks for reading, have a great New Year!


  1. Evan, you and your dad are incredible backpackers. Your motivation and spirit will be the driving message kids these days need to get off the couch and get back to enjoying the outdoors. Keep doing what you are doing. I myself have climbed some pretty good mountains overseas. Ask your dad and he will tell you all about me. Also when you graduate high school write a book about all your adventures in climbing. SEMPER FI.

    1. Thank you for the kind words! I wish you best on your adventures as well!!

  2. What a wonderful winter adventure, Evan. And your photos . . . Wow! They are way beyond stunning!


    1. Thank you John! The photos in your most recent blog were fantastic as well!