It’s too pretty not to hike, and this duo is always a good choice when time is limited. I started from Route 73, where it was 36°F, and made it the 2.3 miles to Cascade’s summit in 1 hour 8 minutes. There wasn’t enough snow for snowshoes, and it was a bit sticky, balling up from time to time under my Hillsounds, so I think my time was pretty decent.
The MacIntyres seemed to be lit from within (it was sublime, pictures don’t do it justice!) and the Great Range was socked in. So, I headed over to Porter and on the way back decided to head up the 0.2 mile spur trail to Cascade’s summit again. Since I was the only one on the trail, I couldn’t see any reason not to head back up and hope that the clouds would lift.
The clouds did lift a little, showing hints of the Great Range, and it was a nice day to be out. As I was leaving the summit again, a group of 6 (part of an outing club/group I assume) was just arriving. Along with the one group I passed going up, they would be the only people I’d see all day.