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The Cascade, II, WI 2

The Cascade, II, WI 2

The Cascade, II, WI 2

Page Type: Route

Location: New York, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.21860°N / 73.8606°W

Object Title: The Cascade, II, WI 2

Route Type: Ice Climbing

Season: Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: WI 2 250 feet

Number of Pitches: 2

Grade: II

Route Quality: 
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Page By: James_W

Created/Edited: Dec 9, 2007 / Jan 4, 2008

Object ID: 364040

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The climb is accessed by crossing the foot bridge between upper and lower Cascade Lakes.

Once over the bridge keep right until reaching a streambed. Follow the streambed to the base of the climb. The waterfall is very obvious and to your right.

The overall approach is 2km from the road to base of the falls.

Approach **DO NOT VOTE**

Getting There

You will see a turn off to your right if heading on the 73 from Lake Placid to Keene after the Cascade Mountain trailhead. If heading on the 73 from Keene to Lake Placid the turn off wil be to your left shortly after the main Pitchoff climbing areas.

Depending on snow conditions you can take turn off and park below in a picnic area between the 2 lakes, if the road is snow covered drive to the next available pull off and walk. The Cascade Pass area has many places to stop so you will find something.

Route Description

This is a VERY good climb for new leaders and not a good spot for top roping with only 1 short difficult spot on each pitch. This climb is generally a WI2 climb but thin ice conditions can raise the rating to 3 on the vertical areas.

The Route

Each pitch has an easy start and harder parts near the end. Once at the top of the first flow (140') a good tree will be found to the right on a flat surface the perfect belay spot. A Second near hanging belay off trees can be found 10 feet higher on the left side of the flow (covered in slings)

Pitch 1

Pitch 1

Pitch 2


Descend route direcly in 2 rappels or walk off near trees, you can also rappel the Green Gully.

Gear Needed

Cascade Pass is a very cold area for ice climbing, bring proper clothing.

3-4 Ice Screws (1 Long for the 1st Buldge)


Pitch 2Pitch 1The RouteLeading Pitch 1Cascade FallsPitch 1Rappel Down the Falls
End of Pitch 1The ApproachApproach **DO NOT VOTE**The CascadeLast ice step