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Cascade Mountain Slide T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
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Type: Trad, 2000 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Benjaminadk on Jul 23, 2012
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Scramble up the blocky bottom section of the slide to the base of tall (100+ foot) waterfall. Now the fun begins! Climb the waterfall on blocky holds with an careful eye for loose rock. Continue crisscrossing the flow as needed until reaching the top where things mellow out. Note: While this section is 4th class there is exposure and falling is not a healthy option. Continue up the slide. Note the variety of rock types contained in this relatively small area. After a couple more 3rd class sections the slide really mellows to just steeper than flat. Continue up until confronted with a steep slabby headwall. This is the top of the slide. Climb this (easy fifth class fiction) with care and pick your line wisely. There is legit rock climbing on this slab and it becomes chose your own adventure at this point. Again falling here would not be pleasant. Note - this headwall can be avoided to the left with some scrambling. Continue up and left at the top of the slide through glades until the summit of cascade is visible. Bushwack through some thick spruce until hitting rock and bang you are there.


Park at the Cascade Lakes Day Use Area and follow the path to the base of the slide. Approach is less than 5 min and the slide is visible from route 73.


No protection required. Some parties could bring ropes and climbing gear for the waterfall and slab sections.


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San Pedro, California
Benjaminadk   San Pedro, California
I should also mention that the two crux sections can both be avoided which tames this climb to a cool hike. But if you are into backcountry scrambles going straight at the cascade is a little more challenging than the Trap Dike in my opinion (but not quite as spectacular). Jul 23, 2012
Dom R
Estes Park, CO
Dom R   Estes Park, CO
Did the waterfall part of the slide in the rain yesterday and felt totally secure, it's a relatively easy scramble and if you get too nervous the gully on climbers left where the ice climbing anchors are is pretty tame other than it being loose. We descended the waterfall by down climbing through this gully. The highlight of this hike is the types of rock you find along the way, definitely a geologists playground. Oct 15, 2013
Rochester, NY
colinzeye   Rochester, NY
My wife, brother in law, and I climbed this route a few summers ago in 2013. It was a great scramble with easy climbing and several plateaus to rest for a lunch, we certainly enjoyed a few snacks. There was no need for gear as we did it with our hiking boots and a daypack. We didn't reach the summit due to the late hour in the day, we decided we didn't want to hike down in the dark. If the down climb feels sketchy, following the tree line is an easier alternative. Feb 13, 2015
Nolan Huther
Potsdam, NY
Nolan Huther   Potsdam, NY
I found the lower waterfall to be growing in with vegetation and collecting blowdown, with loose rock and dirt, as of August 2017, and is best left as an ice climb in my opinion. Probably was much nicer closer to Irene! The upper slide is quite interesting, that's definitely worth a visit for those that enjoy off-trail adventures in the High Peaks - this one is more casual due to its proximity to the road. May 12, 2018

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