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Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Street and Nye Mountains - 2/10/12

Street and Nye Mountains are both on the Adirondack High Peaks list, although Nye stands at 3895'.  Street Mountain is a little higher at 4166'.  Leesa and I had attempted to climb these two peaks on 12/26/11, but we were unable to cross Indian Pass Brook on that day so a revisit was necessary.

Parking for this hike is at Adirondac Loj near Lake Placid, NY.  Parking is $5 for Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members and $10 for non-members.

The day was quite nice with temps in the low 30's, no wind, and a mix of sun and clouds.  There is no official trail to these mountains, but the herd path is quite obvious in winter.   We packed our snowshoes, but did not use them, as micro spikes were sufficient. 

We got kind of a late start and were not on the trail until a little after 9 AM.   We also had to be back out by 3 PM since Leesa had a business conference call at 3:30, so we were moving quickly on this hike. 

We got to the col between Street and Nye about 11:10 and decided to climb Street first.  For some reason, I was thinking it would take an hour or more after the split to reach the summit, but we were there in 20 minutes or so.  We were back to the col at noon and on the summit of Nye at 12:10.

We wished we had brought our plastic "butt sliders" to use on the way down.  The trail would have been perfect.  It slope wasn't quite steep enough to slide down in our winter pants, but the "butt sliders" would have been perfect.  Instead we bounced down the trail in our micro spikes and were back to the car at 2.

View from the summit of Street Mountain

Street Mountain has some views from a small clearing.

Leesa on the summit of Street Mountain

Looking towards Nye while coming down off Street

Leesa on the summit of Nye

Nye mountain is a forested peak and has very limited filtered views. 

This one will be going soon!

The stream crossing is not totally frozen over, but rock hopping is possible 
Leesa making her way back across the stream
We didn't see any other hikers on this day, perhaps because it was a Friday and not the weekend.  Usually on a weekend you will see someone climbing to reach any of the high peaks unless the weather is poor.  It was a pleasant day and with hiking on packed snow.  There was about 2 feet of snow on the summits and only about 2 inches of snow at the trailhead.

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  7.8 miles
Hike Time:  4 hours, 50 minutes
Trailhead Elevation:  2195'
Summit of Nye:  3895'
Summit of Street:  4160'
Total Vertical Gain:  2805'
Our route shown in blue

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