Ascent of Cascade Mountain on 2011-08-20

Climber: Doug Harple

Others in Party:JP
Date:Saturday, August 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cascade Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4098 ft / 1249 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had our boots, it wasn’t raining, and it wasn’t snowing. These were the three things that stopped previous attempts at Cascade. According to one rating system, Cascade and Porter are the two easiest High Peaks to ascend. Despite this, technical difficulties had stood in the way of these beautiful summits on three previous attempts.

JP and I headed out a little after 9:15 from one of the overflow parking areas. (The first in the direction of Placid. I suppose overflow is a misnomer in this case; these lots are always as full as the main lot.) The ascent was uneventful, aside from the strange sights that always seem to grace this peak. I present them here for you in list form:

* Couples innumerable, hiking in sneakers or less, with a half a bag between them. One lady even had a simple shoulder bag as the only bag between her and her partner.
* A young man carrying a full-sized guitar.
* A woman who was several months pregnant (enough to be visibly showing and have a significant bump).
* An entire troop of Cub Scouts, some of whom were in sneakers themselves, with as many parents as there were kids. One of the leaders was a former co-worker of JP and we stopped to chat both times we met up (the popular trail is in the shape of a Y.)
* A fire ring less than a yard from the trail.
* Several piles of human feces, unburied and only a few yards from the trail.

On previous hikes:
* JM and I saw a young man hiking in a nice shirt and a tie, in the snow and mud after the first Nor’easter of 2010.
* JP saw several young French Canadian women drinking wine on the summit of Cascade.
* He also mentioned seeing a woman being carried off the mountain with a compound fracture. (I know that could happen anywhere, but given the serious lack of gear I’ve seen on this hike, it seems more likely to occur here.)
* DnH and I encountered a nervous (as in caught-in-the-middle-of-something) couple on our way down Porter.

The mountain attracts all kinds.

We ascended Cascade, took in the sights, and our lunch amongst the throngs, and then headed over to Porter. Along the way, we checked out a false summit just before the actual summit, which was steep, but offered good views itself. Near that false summit was a rock outcropping that finally afforded a view of the water in Little Meadows. (I had seen it on maps several times but hadn’t yet seen it with my eyes.)

When we reached Porter’s summit, I was impressed with the view of the Eastern High Peaks. Numerous ranges were visible. The view is actually better from Porter, because Porter itself blocks some of the view from Cascade.

From there we headed back to route 73. All in all it was a good hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1903 ft / 580 m
    Elevation Loss:227 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1903 ft / 580 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Cascade / Porter Trail
    Trailhead:Cascade Lakes Trail Head  2195 ft / 669 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:227 ft / 70 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Cascade / Porter Trail
    Trailhead:Porter / Cascade Col  3871 ft / 1179 m
    Time Down:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cascade and Porter - 20 Aug 2011

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cascade Mountain2011-08-20 a
2Porter Mountain2011-08-20 b
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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Doug Harple
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