I arrived around 7:40 AM and managed to secure a parking spot at the Loj. I signed in at 8:00 AM and noticed there were four groups ahead of me. I caught up with the first group, a father and his two sons, at Indian Pass Brook. They were busy donning waders. I put on sport sandals and forded the knee deep waters of the brook. On the opposite bank I dried my feet, put my trail-runners back on and hung my wet sandals in a tree for the return trip. Others who followed did the same.
|Fording spot on Indian Pass Brook.|
I arrived on Street at 10:00 AM. The lookout offered a limited view so I climbed a tree to get a better view of the surroundings, namely the McIntyre range, Lost Pond Peak, and MacNaughton.
|View from Street (if you climb a tree).|
The re-crossing of Indian Pass Brook was greatly appreciated. On the brook's opposite shore, I soaked my feet in its cold waters until they were numb. Refreshed, I ambled along the well-defined path, taking pictures of flowers, amphibians, and anything else that caught my eye.
The four parking areas at the Cascade trail-head were full and cars were parked on the shoulders. By sheer luck, I found one empty space right next to the staircase leading to the trail! I dumped a few items out of my pack and departed at 1:10 PM. The trail looked like this:
|Trail to Cascade and Porter.|
I arrived on Porter's summit at 2:30 PM. I chatted with a few folks and then made my way back to the junction and on to Cascade. Judging by the number of hikers on its summit, you'd think someone had lured them there with an offer of "Free beer!" It wasn't free booze but a warm, sunny holiday weekend and spectacular views of the High Peaks that drew the crowds. I spent a few minutes talking with aspiring 46ers then began my descent.
|Busy day on Porter.|
I was back at my car at 4:05 PM, pleased to have completed my fourth round. I was about to descend to the creek to wash off the day's mud and sweat when I was greeted by Veggielasagna. She had just completed a challenging hike over Cascade, Porter and Big Slide followed by a bushwhack; she's one tough hiker! Whereas I was a sodden mess, she looked neat as a pin! We were approached by a couple who were looking for a ride back to their car and Veggielasagna agreed to take them. We said our goodbyes and I made a beeline to the creek to wash away the souvenirs of the Cascade trail.
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