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11/12/18
Bring micro spikes. The top of Thunderbolt and the summit are slippery with black ice. Also, stay clear of the potential for falling ice from the monument. We had a great day, taking our time, with sunny skis and temps in the mid 30s. I enjoyed this walk and the summit views are pretty spectacular. We spotted a mink, the cutest little predator ever. He was undaunted by us as he was so busy hunting field mice. All in all- fabulous hike and memorable experience.

Hiked Thomas today and the views at the top were gorgeous. As someone who is relatively new to hiking, I found the climb to be rewarding and very acceptable to new hikers out there looking for a new challenge. The terrain was sporadically covered with snow or leaves but I wore micro spikes and would recommend them for stability and safety.

Blue trail was easy and pretty, the yellow was fun with great views !

Awesome hike! I did this with my dog last week, for the most part it was pretty easy terrain, towards the top it did get a little rocky and I did have to lift him up at some points because he couldn’t jump that far. It was very cold and windy at the top as well which he wasn’t a fan of. Overall the hike was great! So beautiful. It got pretty muddy half way through so make sure to wear appropriate boots for it!

This was a great hike on a nice autumn day with my dog. We hiked the trail from Edgecomb pond to the top of Cat. The directions were a bit confusing as to parking. There are two parking lots on Edgecomb pond, both marked with the town of Bolton water shed signs. Since we parked in the first lot, our overall hike was a bit longer with some road walking. We followed the red trail to the intersection with the blue trail, and then the blue trail to the top, which ended up being 2.7 miles according to the Trails.com map app. This was a pretty nice woods walk on an old road for the first 2.2 miles, then got a bit steeper and a little rougher for the last half mile or so. The top offers a beautiful panorama view of Lake George – Tongue Mountain, the Narrows and the southern basin. The Green Mountains of Vermont were also outstanding. From the top, we followed the red trail down off the face. This way was definitely more difficult – it was steeper with plenty of wet leaves to make things interesting. The woods were very thick and the trail barely noticeable. Luckily it was well marked with red spray paint just about every 10 feet or so. Even so, I still lost the trail a couple of times. About 2/3 of the way down it opened up, with crossings of old logging roads and rock walls. There were also cairns every now and then. This trail was also a more direct route back. We were back at the car after about three hours total, including a half hour on the peak for lunch and views. Total distance was 4.7 miles.

Took Anna’s parking advice; good call.
Up the Thunderbolt, steep in places but got to the top in just over an hour.
Tea in the lodge which was a bit disappointing. Place was stark and uninviting. Could have done with the fire lighting.
Down on the Bellows Pipe which wasn’t as steep and easier on the knees.

Almost run entire way up in 2.5 hrs to make sunset, exhausted. What a race!

Very beautiful sunset!

From autumn colours to snowy winter on top and iced road at the end, you would experience huge different landscapes which makes the hiking very exciting.

Very muddy in certain area indeed.

Coming down taking memorial highway, which closed in Oct. Took 2 hrs. Clear night, star shining and Milky Way is high up in the sky. But it ends in a different trailhead. We were so lucky to meet a family from Tennessee. They drove us to our car. Big thanks here!

Overall, perfect and excellent hiking.

Thomas to Cat for great views and a nice return

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1 month ago

What a great hike. We started from the observatory parking lot and of course added Esther for a total of 10 miles. Check out my full write up.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/whitefaceandesther/

This was the right hike for the busy Columbus Day weekend - only saw ten other hikers. The trail was not marked but fairly easy to follow. The brook was high enough that shoes off for the crossing was the right decision, and on the way back the water felt pretty refreshing. Some nice little lookouts from both Street and Nye. I've heard people say this hike isn't worth it unless you're going for 46, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a pretty relaxed day compared to a lot of Adk hikes - "only" about 2500 ft of elevation gain. The gorgeous near-peak fall trees didn't hurt!

Started in New Russia traversed the East Trail then down the Ridge Trail to Chapel Pond. Very unique hike as both trails have many open rock plateaus with great views that impressed me more than the actual summit views. The summits are farther from any other big peaks therefore lack the spectacular big mountain views of the great range. Lower elevation views are stunning in peak fall foliage. Hauled ass while in the trees to be able to take many 5 minute breaks on the open rock plateaus to enjoy the views.

East Trail was an easier hike with more roots, dirt and a few minor scrambles to the rock plateaus. Only steep section was before Lake Mary Louise, it felt as relentless and rocky as the climb up to Giant from RPR. The decent from Giant felt never ending and was a tough end to the day. Despite the short mileage this hike makes you work, always gaining or losing altitude with few flatter sections. You actually summit 4 peaks.

If you like to get the hard work out of the way early I suggest starting at Chapel Pond and ending in New Russia. East Trail is more gradual. Total time was just under 8 hours with about an hours worth of breaks. Great hike to push hard at times and then stop and slow down to just be in the moment, taking in the many views.

Nothing too special about these two. There were no great views and the trail was a bit hard to find in one spot in particular after a major river crossing - but I’m going to blame that on the new fallen leaves obscuring the trail.

Unless you’re going after all 46 of the highest peaks, I’d skip this hike. It wasn’t too hard, there were no good rock scrambles, and all in all, it wasn’t a very noteworthy hike.

It was an excellent hike. After Marble Hill the trail does get pretty wet, and I’m not even talking about the trail to Esther. No visibility from the top today but it was still worth it! It took me 3 hrs and 20 min up and 2 hr and 20 min down.

1 month ago

This was a really beautiful hike with great fall colors. It was pretty muddy, especially Esther, but still a fun hike!

I solo trekked this nice and slow with stops for photos on the way up. From this starting marker is 10.4 miles round trip not including Esther, so that should be updated. It was very muddy after all the rain last night. Worth the hike but took me about 8.5 hours solo with my short legs with some breaks and soaking up the sun and at the top.

My daughter and I did this on Saturday, September 22 it was muddy and fun only saw 10 other hikers. Outstanding views from the south west corner of the street summit

Very rewarding hike all the way up and to the summit of Giant. The clouds were moving in and out as the sun was beginning to come out and it was a unique experience. Felt like we were above the clouds. The drop down to the col of rocky peak was very steep and unforgiving, and was also wet but well worth it when you get to the summit of Rocky Peak which was probably even better of a view than Giant.

We found this on the difficult side? Going up was way easier on knees and feet than going down. Bc the trail is literally rocks I HIGHLY suggest walking poles that help tremendously on way down!! We plan on purchasing them before our next hike Mt Adams! The summit is awesome...360 degree view

I would have brought thin gloves with me as it was cold and starting to ice towards the summit. Long sleeves and another layer would be appropriate. It was a beautiful day and challenging hike. There was a lot of water on a lot of the trail too.

Hiked August 23, 2018. Took trail from Edgecomb pond instead of Thomas Mt. 4.0 mi round trip. 1000 ft ascent from pond. Time 1:20 up 1:10 down. No rock climbing, just a long gradual climb. Amazing view of Lake George islands, mountains.

Did Cat to Thomas with my 14yr old and 12yr old. They loved it. Peak to peak will be amazing when the leaves are gone. After doing this direction, I agree with previous review that you should bolt up to Thomas first, then make your way to Cat. Bring hiking poles, especially useful for the rocky/rooty sideslope between the peaks. Enjoy!

Coming from a group of fit 30 yo, this was a great yet strenuous hike (and that's without the detour to Esther) Enjoy the the first flat part, as it gets pretty steep about 2k in. Trail is well maintained and beautiful. Views on top are very nice, but somewhat crowded and less of "lost in nature" vibe. Many people get there by car. Washrooms hard to find. Overall, great hike, would def recommend. Took us 7h including one hour lunch break. Have fun!

Just finished this hike, a tad over 3 miles up and I finished in less than 1 hour 40 minutes. I’m not in the best shape but if this is a “moderate” hike, I would hate to do a hard one. Trail was only confusing at maybe one spot. I couldn’t get close enough to the sign to read it. I saw one group of about 10-15 on their way down. Passed by the leanto that Im assuming AT thru-hikers frequently use. Over all it was a good hike, very challenging, I decided to use the cheshire harbor and pecks falls trail on the way down to get back to my vehicle.

Street and Nye are trailess peaks. However, the herd path is fairly easy to follow. There are several split offs that go around obstacles in different ways but they all seemed to meet up. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy. The trail is fairly level ground for about the first mile to mile and a half. Start out at the ADK Loj trail to Mount Jo, sign in and follow the Street and Nye trail sign. Cross Indian Brook a little less than a mile in. You will see the creek then follow the path to the right and in a few minutes you will see the crossing marked with several cairns. The trail picks up right across the creek with a short, but steep climb. Follow the trail along the edge of the embankment. We accidentally followed a different trail, but it met up. You'll see a large beaver pond. Past this you will have a stream on one side of you or another and cross it several times as you make your way up the mountain. After this there is a fairly steep climb up a rocky path, not quite a boulder scramble, just rocky. After this there is a steep winding path. I didn't realize how steep it really was until I was coming back down. There are fallen trees and debris to climb over throughout the trail because it is not maintained. You'll reach a die-back area of old spruce trees, you're almost at the junction of the two mountains then. There is a cairn and a sign scratched into a tree at the junction. We took the trail that goes more to the left and went to Street first. This is a narrow, winding trail that drops to the col first and then up to the peak. It's not as steep as the earlier section. The best views are off the back of Street. There are herd paths on the top of the mountain going to different views. There is a small sign at the top. We went back down and up a very short climb to Nye. There is a ledge on your way to Nye on the left side of you're headed up. This has the best views. There's wasps, there's rocks, there's a lot of up, there's trees to climb over, but they are 46ers. It took us about 8 hours and we're not fast hikers.

Awesome loop! Great views on top of Cat! I recommend going Thomas first, as the views are good but you are further from the lake. Save the trek from Thomas to Cat for the middle then easily cruise back down the blue to the parking lot. This hike is the perfect combination of tough, easy to follow, peak to peak ridge fun, and amazing views. Really doesn’t get much better and I’ve done 16 of the high peaks along with other LG 12s.

moderate hike with numerous trails to summit. Great in winter. Try thunderbolt for a bit more challenge. Snowshoe or ski the very first ski trail in the NE.

This was a great trail! We decided to start at ASRC. Marble Mountain is tough, but it’s over pretty quickly. Once you get past Marble Mountain, there is a constant incline until you get past the trail marker for Esther. We skipped Esther as we are not planning to be 46er’s. Another couple we spoke to said the trail for Esther was very muddy and the views were “just ok,” so glad we skipped it. After Esther, it levels off for a bit and then gets right back to it. The final push from the stone wall was a challenge, but the views from the summit made everything worth it! We started on a Saturday at 10am exactly, very little traffic on the trail until we got closer to the top around 12-1pm. The “early group” had started their descent around that time. The Summit, however, was cluttered with people who had driven up, taking up a lot of sitting room for the hikers who wanted to rest their feet. That’s my only grumble. Nevertheless, the views were absolutely stunning, even with the crowds. Challenging, yet incredibly rewarding! It took us 3 hrs to reach the summit from the parking lot (skipping Esther) and 2 hrs from the summit to our car. Poles would have definitely been helpful, but not necessary.

I hiked this trail Thursday with my dog. FYI - Thiel Road is closed now. There is a parking area at the corner of Gould and Thiel with a sign that says "To Thunderbolt and Bellows Pipe Trails" I was finally able to get to the Thunderbolt trail, but you have to walk through some really wet areas and through a small park to get there. There's a lot of forks and it's confusing to find.

I highly recommend parking at the very end of Gould Road in the lot right before the No Trespassing signs. Start at the Bellows Pipe South Trail (the sign says in small letters that it goes to the Thunderbolt Trail). You will have to pass by here anyway if you park where I mention above - save yourself some time and aggravation and just park here. You will see where it does finally split to go to the Bucket Trail then to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail. It's very steep as other's have said, but definitely do able. The memorial park at the top has beautiful views.

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