Bucket List – Cascade & Porter Mountain Summit

My first Adirondacks mountain summit and I managed to do 2! We hiked up Cascade Mountain and since the trail marker near the top of the trail said Porter Mountain was only 0.7 miles away we went for both.

This was technically my first mountain summit in the Adirondacks since a few years ago, the weather didn’t let my Mt. Marcy adventure happen completely.

Cascade & Porter Mountain Summit

We drove down after work on Friday, arriving at the Lake Placid KOA around 8:30 pm. After setting up my friend Shannon’s new 4 season tent we quickly ate dinner. Shannon planned all our meals for the trip which were amazing.

Dinner by headlamp, on the first night, was lettuce wraps with bacon, chicken & mustard. Shannon had prepared all our food on Weds night and then threw it in the freezer so they thawed out by the time we got to camp.

Lettuce Wraps

The perfect alarm clock was a really loud campsite neighbor who woke us up at 7am. Shannon started making us coffee and then heated up ground pork and broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Ground Pork & Vegetables

We think we started out on the Cascade Mountain trail around 9am. We easily found a parking spot in one of the lots along Highway 73. However, when we got off the mountain, we saw all the cars parked along the side of the road. This was definitely a busy trail so we’re glad we got out their early.

The trail was very rocky and muddy but nothing a pair of great hiking boots and hiking poles couldn’t tackle. We really hoped the sun would come out in time for our summit to burn off the clouds and I’m so glad I was able to manifest that. As we climbed out on top of Cascade the clouds started to open up and we got a view!

Cascade Mountain Summit

We enjoyed a mountain top coffee and then headed back down to the trail to head over to Porter Mountain.

Camping Partner

The view from Porter was spectacular. The Adirondacks definitely don’t compare to the Rockies but I still appreciate them to be amazing.

Packing List

  • 4 Season Tent
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
  • Camp Slippers
  • Lantern
  • Lighter
  • Stove & Fuel
  • Pots/Pans
  • Plates/Bowls/Cutlery
  • Toilet Paper
  • Backpack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hiking Poles
  • Raincoat
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Long Johns
  • Base Layers
  • Hiking Pants
  • Sweaters
  • Undergarments
  • Gaiters
  • Sunglasses
  • Whistle
  • Fire Starter & Firewood
  • Lip Balm
  • Toiletries
  • Headlamp & Batteries
  • Hand & Foot Warmers
  • Coffee & Apple Cider
  • Water Bottles
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Camp Chairs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map & Compass
  • Power Bank & Charging Chord

Dinner on Saturday night after a full day of hiking was delicious. Shannon made us beef meatballs, zucchini noodles & a faux cream sauce!

Enjoy the hike if you add this to your adventure bucket list!

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