I opted to hike to the summit of Cascade Mountain – a short 4 mile round trip, and supposedly the most popular hike in the Adirondacks, no doubt due to its manageable length, and breathtaking 360 degree views at its bald-top summit.
Literally, hundreds of cars lined the road up-and-down from the trail head – most of which were Subarus. It was a gorgeous Saturday at the start of a holiday weekend, so the crowd wasn’t too surprising. While there was almost always someone within sight on the trail, it wasn’t unpleasantly cramped, or single-file.
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If you go hiking in the Adirondacks, be prepared to socialize on the trail. Say hello to everyone! The deeper you go into the mountains, the more talkative people get.
“Where are you coming from?”
“Where are you going next?”
“Oh my god. This hike is hard. I’m going to die.”
It took over two hours to get to the summit, and the trail increased in elevation the entire way. So yeah, it’s two miles, but it’s not easy! Prepare to suffer, but just know that it’s all entirely worth it.