Cascade Falls is the site of the #7 slide on Cascade Mountain. For a great many years only a small scar marked the gully on Cascade Mountain until Tropical Storm Irene came through in 2011 and opened up the slide track to look like a 7, whose tail proceeds all the way to Upper Cascade Lake.
This slide track makes for some excellent ice climbing and a challenging route to Cascade Mountain in summer. This slide should only be attempted by experienced climbers.
Leave Lake Placid on Route 73 toward Keene. Continue until you see Upper Cascade Lake on your right, just past the trailhead for Cascade and Pitchoff mountains. Drive past Upper Cascade Lake and look for an unmarked road on the right. Go slow down the narrow, one-lane road that leads to a picnic area between Upper and Lower Cascade Lakes, park here. The exit is back up the same road, so watch for cars coming in when exiting.
This is a 0.3-mile, one-way hike to the bottom of the falls. From the parking area, locate the bridge over the connecting stream between Upper and Lower Cascade lakes. Cross the bridge and the path is straight ahead into the woods. The path is unmarked but easy to follow. The path climbs slightly and slowly moves toward the slide track of the #7 slide on Cascade Mountain. The path fades slightly but you need to enter the slide path and follow it uphill.
The path is now in the course of the slide and moves through the rubble and boulders that were moved and unburied by Tropical Storm Irene. The path will bring you to the base of the waterfall.
Spring is the best time to explore the waterfall and see the best cascading action.
All hikers, makes and models: To the bottom of Cascade Falls – 15 to 20 minutes
It is not advised to try and reach the top of the slide. While faint herd-paths lead off into the woods and eventually bring you out to several viewing areas, it is way too dangerous and risky for the average hiker.