Street and Nye
Trailhead: Adirondack Loj
Date of climb: June 30, 2012
#31: Street Mountain, 4166 ft.
#45: Nye Mountain, 3895 ft.
Street and Nye are rarely climbed by hikers who aren’t aspiring 46ers. Both mountains have treed summits and limited views, and as far as high peaks go they are basically easy and uneventful to climb, despite the fact that neither has a maintained or marked trail. Still, I think that’s a shame because there were so many beautiful sights on this hike that are worth taking the time to see. I’m not sure if my pictures reflect it, but one thing I’ve been noticing is that every mountain in the Adirondacks is completely unique and has its own special flavor.
The route to Street and Nye follows the old Nye ski path/herd path from the Loj. Pretty early on in the hike there is a spot where you have to cross the Indian Pass Brook – the water was too high to rock hop without it being a decent challenge and I was psyched to switch out my boots for water shoes and walk through the chilly water. I’d been breaking in a new pair of insoles and my feet were literally aching before I reached that brook but felt fabulous when I reached the other side – it was like sticking them in a bucket of ice for a few minutes.
Other than some pretty sights along the way, the hike up was pretty uneventful. The herd path had many switchbacks along the creek that ran parallel until about 2800 feet and I found it hard to follow at times, but I made it to the rock cairn with the trail split for Nye and Street without getting lost. The Nye summit was super close to the cairn – only took a few minutes to reach. There were no views from the summit but there was a rocky ledge pretty close to it that did have a nice view of the mountains (I believe the Seward range?) The Street summit took about 20 minutes to reach from the Cairn and also had no views, but also had a couple of spots nearby with views.
This hike, along with Big Slide last week, has been good conditioning for me… so far I’ve been doing hikes that are on the short end of the high peaks spectrum (8-13 miles), but many of them are much, much longer. This Friday I will be attempting the first of these longer hikes – Marcy, Skylight and Gray, an 18+ mile loop. If I make it back in one piece, will post a trip report next weekend.