Cascade Lake Loop and Falls

Cascade Lake Loop and Falls

The outlet on the far end of the loop houses a wonderful 40-foot waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. A well-worn side trail leads about 100 feet to the base of the falls. The falls themselves are nearly vertical and are stunning. Since this feature is about half way through the hiking loop, it makes for a good place to rest. Sit on the rocks near the base and enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfall.

Hiking

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. There are multiple bridges along the trail to avoid wet areas.

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.

Distance: a 5.5 mile round-trip loop.

Fishing

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.

Birding

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.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

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.

Special Notes

Mountain biking is not allowed here.

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