Cascade Link Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Cascade Link Intersection with the Harling Trail Intersection with the Birchtoft Trail Intersection with the Red Spot Trail Intersection with the Spellman Trail Intersection with the Pumpelly Trail
Paint on the rock marking the direction of the Pumpelly Trail  

Elevation Gain: 974 ft.
Length: 1.23 miles
Difficulty: 2
Popularity: 3

Brook crossing early on The Cascade Link starts from the White Dot Trail at Falcon Spring after leaving the park headquarters. After taking a right onto the Cascade Link at a well marked intersection, the trail starts uphill gently at first. You will start off on a nice smooth trail and will quickly come to the intersection where the Harling Trail goes off to your right. The trail itself isn't always obvious, but there is a large sign on a tree. Continuing on the trail starts to get rockier with smooth rocks placed for footing on a sometimes wet section. Just after this you will come to a brook crossing in the trail where you will need to step from rock to rock in order to keep from getting wet. Just after this the trail starts to climb a little bit steeper and will go into a section of softwoods. A little further up the trail you will see a sign where the Birchtoft Trail joins on the right.

Open section near the top The Cascade Link takes a left here and goes up an incline before reaching the intersection with the Red Spot Trail. Now the trail turns back to the right and becomes a little less traveled. It isn't very far before you get to the Spellman Trail on your right which is the steepest trail on the mountain. Heading past the last intersection on the trail, the Cascade Link starts to follow the base of the Pumpelly Ridge with a steep hillside just into the trees on your left. As you head up the trail, you will start to get to a few steeper and sometimes rocky sections. But even the worst of these isn't too bad. Once you get past those sections, you will start to come into more open parts of the trail. The trail will traverse over open stretches of rock and you will be rewarded with a few views to your right to the East. You will also get a few views up the steep ridge to your left. You will continue on like this for quite a ways before you finally come to the intersection with the Pumpelly Trail where you will turn left to continue up to the summit.


When descending... the trail is reached by taking the Pumpelly Trail down. You will go for quite a ways on this trail before reaching the well marked intersection at the upper end of the Cascade Link. The trail starts off with somewhat open spots with views to the left as you go over bare rock. You will start to go in and out of the trees a bit before the trail dips down to the left and into the softwoods for quite a while. There are not many steep declines while going down the trail and once you reach the first intersection with the Spellman Trail things get even easier. From here it is pretty easy going as you got past the Red Spot and Birchtoft Trails. The forest will change to mixed hardwoods and open up before a brook crossing. Heading easily downhill from you will you come to the intersection with the Harling Trail just before reaching the end of the Cascade Link at the White Dot Trail.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Start of the Cascade Link Paint on the rock marking the start of the Cascade Link Intersection with the Spellman Trail Intersection with the Red Spot Trail Intersection with the Birchtoft Trail Intersection with the Harling Trail End of the Cascade Link at the White Dot Trail
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