Ascent of Cascade Mountain on 2011-12-04

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Kaerstin Quinlan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, December 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cascade Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4098 ft / 1249 m

Ascent Trip Report

Winter still hasn’t given us enough snow to go skiing so it remains hiking season. The weather is predicted to be a sunny day temps in the upper 30’s / lower 40’s, but the summits should be pretty windy with predictions of 45-50 MPH winds.
Lil-Yeti, The Red Goat and myself started from the trailhead off of route 73 at 8:50 am. The trail does have snow, but not a measurable amount. We found that although the snow/mud conditions weren’t horribly slippery, it was better with micro-spikes because they provided more traction and you didn’t need to be as careful where you stepped. As we got higher in elevation, the spikes were a must unless you want to spend a lot of time searching for ways around the ice, which often meant you needed to leave the trail and do some bushwhacking.
We reached the junction with the cascade summit trail at 10:20 and soon reached the bald portion of Cascade’s summit. Before we ventured into the open we removed the micro-spikes and put on a couple of layers of clothing as we could hear the wind howling above.
The views were indeed wonderful in all directions. There was some puffy clouds here and there but mostly blue sky. Enjoying the views went pretty quickly as it was indeed winding on the summit. We left the summit at 10:55 and headed off to Porter.
The decent into the col between Cascade and Porter was very icy and because the temperature was rising, water began to run on top of the ice. Falling would mean you would get pretty wet! We left our spikes on for the duration of the hike as it just made the footing that much more secure.
We arrived at the summit of Porter where the weather was still holding out and again we enjoyed some wonderful views. This peak isn’t quite as open as Cascade so it was a bit more protected from the wind. At noon we left the summit and headed back down the mountain. We were back at the Cascade summit trail at 12:30. The temperatures continue to rise and the ice is getting very soft. As we returned to the lower elevations, the snow that had greeted us this morning had all melted. At one point the Red Goat and I removed the spikes thinking we would be OK, but after we both did some unexpected slipping we put them back on for the remainder of the hike. We arrived back at the car at 1:50 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Clear skies, lower 40's, 45-50 MPH winds on summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Cascade Trail
    Start Trailhead:TH off rt78  698 ft / 212 m
    Time:5 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Cascade-Porter

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cascade Mountain2011-12-04 a3400 ft / 1036 m
2Porter Mountain2011-12-04 b 
Total Trip Gain: 3400 ft / 1036 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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