Cascade Mountain: It Shouldn’t Be Your First High Peak

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”

-Robert Frost

Well, this is a surprise coming from an Adirondack hiker…right? Not so fast. I strongly believe that after your first few moderate hikes, you grow in confidence or ego. If it’s ego, then you’ll certainly be in danger. Don’t ever get in over your head when it comes to climbing mountains. I actually climbed Cascade first but looking back on it, I didn’t have an infatuation with adventures until the summer afterwards. I’ll have a suggestion for the one you should start with and a few to follow along with it.

Giant Mountain

Yes, this is a steeper alternative which is why I wanted to put it down. This is usually a peak that people do after Cascade. This is fine except that it’s more challenging than the former. A handful of people state that they’re going for the 46 after climbing Cascade. I believe there’s mountains that are below 4000 feet that are more challenging. When it comes to Giant, this is closer to the more steeper grade of the High Peaks. It’s not a long trek RT (round trip) either but it’s a harder introduction. Let’s get onto another mountain that could be a good day out in the wilderness.

Beauty near Giant Mountain’s Summit

Algonquin Mountain

Coming in at the second highest point in NY, this is an incredible hike. I climbed Algonquin in the snow which isn’t any walk in the park but it’s beautiful. I’d suggest climbing it in the warmer months albeit it’d be quite busy. Along the way, there’s a waterfall which is always a great place to stop at. Similar to Giant Mountain, it’s not heavy mileage but it’s also quite steep. If you’re up to the challenge, you could summit Wright Peak during the trek as well. I’ll add one more hike onto this, which isn’t actually a High Peak.

Winter day on Algonquin Mountain

Catamount Mountain

If you’d really like to test your endurance when it comes to a steep grade, I highly recommend this. The elevation gain on this hike is not for the faint of heart if you mightn’t be familiar with harder climbs. For summer, I’d highly suggest to bring bug spray along with you. The black flies are vicious on the summit. I prefer winter treks on Catamount but this is more so for an introduction to tougher hikes.

One of my favorite scenes from Catamount’s summit

Thank you!

I truly appreciate anyone who took time out of their day to read this. Yes, Cascade is a great hike but I figured I’d give some alternatives. If there’s other mountains you’d suggest, feel free to let me know! Until next time, remember to adventure on and I’ll see you very shortly.


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