After taking a month off to move to Massachusetts I was ready to come back for some more Adirondack hiking. I got back to Clifton Park late the night before just to do this hike as I had to go back to work in 2 days. For this climb we agreed that Andrew would drive as I had enough road time ahead of me after the hike as it was. He picked me up around 6 am and we got our usual breakfast at Snyder’s in Clifton Park. From there we headed up the Northway and into Adirondack Park. It was a little weird for me not driving as I had driven every climb up to this point with the exception of one I did with my girlfriend last year, but it gave me the chance to look at the scenery more closely instead of just being focused on the road. We ended up making it to the Loj a little after 9am. Fortunately for us it was a beautiful day as far as the weather was concerned so we got our gear on and got ready to go. Before we did one of the rangers asked where we were heading to so we told her Street & Nye was the plan. She mentioned about a brook crossing, and that she wasn’t too sure of the water level to which Andrew so brilliantly replied “Its fine we’ve done some pretty bad things before”. I couldn’t help but laugh although the ranger didn’t seem too amused, she probably hated us but you win some and you lose some.
We got going passed the Loj parking booth and headed toward Heart Lake. From here we made our way to the trail register and signed in. There were only a couple others doing this hike which we kind of expected considering Nye and Street are not widely regarded as mountains with a killer view. That and our midweek hikes are generally less crowded anyway. We got going down the trail for a bit until we got to the Old Nye Ski trail.
The trail itself was in pretty good condition which was a welcome surprise considering we knew that the trail was not maintained. After a short while we came to this sign…
Now for what its worth even though the trail is not maintained it is still very easy to follow even if you are a novice at negotiation. As we traveled though we got to make our way through a lot of muddy areas, and areas with large limbs and trees that had fallen onto the herd path. It definitely managed to slow us in some spots but being the shorter hike that it was Andrew and I did not really pay mind to it. After a while we made it to the brook the ranger had told us about. Fortunately for us the water levels were not too high so it made the crossing pretty easy.
After we both hopped across the large brook we came to a clearing that had very marshy characteristics. However that did not last as we were back in the thick forest before too long. I couldn’t help but hope for something a little more interesting to occur but all that happened was the trail got steeper. We continued on like that for what was about 2 miles until we started to flatten out a bit. We knew to look for a tree with directions ever so courteously gashed into the side of it. It wasn’t before too long until we were able to find said tree.
After reaching the legendary mauled conifer of Nye and Street we decided we would head to Nye first. It was probably only a quarter of a mile of straight forward hiking until we reached the rather undesirable summit of Nye Mountain. While there were no breath taking views to see it was nice to at least sit down and drink a nice bottle of PowerAde.
After staying on Nye for about 5 minutes we packed up and headed off to do Street Mountain. Took us less then 10 minutes to get back to the tree and from there we headed off to Street. The hike to Streets summit was more than it was to get to Nye so it took more energy than I was expecting. On the way there we bumped into someone we knew from high school who was also working on his 46 and according to him was on his 29th. We very briefly stopped to chat before heading off again and it wasn’t long before we reached the summit of Street Mountain.
After taking 20 minutes or so to refuel we started to make our way down towards the marked tree. We got there pretty quickly and then made our straightforward descent back towards the Adirondack Loj. After what was one of our shorter hikes we decided to take a little breather at Heart Lake which was the first time I had seen it up close.
Nye and Street may not go down as my favorite climb ever but on the bright side Andrew made it to the ADK café early enough to enjoy the lunch menu.
Recommendation to hikers: For the casual hiker, while both Nye and Street may not be the most difficult hike in the world the trail is not maintained and the reward you get at the summits are not overwhelming. The aspiring 46er however will need to complete both and should do so in the same day. If you are in decent shape it really shouldn’t take more than 6-7 hours.
Nye: Difficulty 3 Views 1
Street: Difficulty 4 Views 2