Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Even though it is not professionally groomed there seems to be enough use that the trail is tracked in on most days.
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back up the road. The trail never climbs or descends too much, but when it does it's at a gentle pace. At roughly 1.1 mile there's a split in the trail — this is the Cascade Pond Loop. Either direction works fine, but people tend to hike it in a counter-clockwise direction.
The southern portion of the loop never approaches the lake very closely, but it is close enough to see through the trees. The outlet on the far end houses a wonderful waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. Past the waterfall it is very wet, but this has been flagged for a reroute and hopefully a couple of small bridges.
Once past the wet area, the trail climbs to higher ground. The trail does approach the water's edge on a few occasions on the northern trail, which leads through the site of an old Girl Scout Camp. The trail eventually comes back to the intersection at 1.1 miles from the trailhead.
Cascade offers four or five well-hidden locations to fish trophy bass along the footpath surrounding the shore. With a bit of determination you can find the perfect spot for bobber and worm casting. It also offers bird watching of species that include Wood Warblers, Hermit Thrush, Wood Pewee, Winter Wren, Barred Owl, Broad-Winged Hawk, and Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers.
Note: Mountain biking is not allowed here.
Location: From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, follow Big Moose Road. Continue for 1.3 miles to the Cascade Lake Trailhead on the right.
Distance: A 3.4 mile round-trip loop.
Family with Young Kids: Up to a 5 hour round-trip hike.
Experienced Hiker: Up to a 3 hour round-trip hike.
Out of Shape Hiker: Up to a 4 hour round-trip hike.