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Did this loop last week. Crossing-over Avalanche Lake saved a lot of time. Very nice hike with nice viewpoints.

I agree with previous posts, do this in the winter. It made life much easier when following the trail. The river wasn't bad at all. There were some really amazing views on Street. It was a fantastic day hike, knocking out 2 more high peaks!

Do these during winter. Seriously. They are notorious for mud/bugs in the warner months. Decently steep towards the top of the brook, the ascent to both peaks from the junction was relatively easy. Street has an awesome lookout just 30 feet or so from the summit sign, don't miss out. Nye has minimal views, but it's an easy walk from the junction. Water crossing is pretty easy when the ice is thick enough. If not, just make sure you're surefooted.

I see this trail was recently changed from moderate to hard. Shout out to who ever changed it as this trail was far from moderate. I would consider myself an experienced hiker and would not classify this as moderate. I would recommend taking a GPS or researching this trail before hand as at times it can be hard to follow (not maintained trail). Keep your eyes out for the few cairns as they will help you stay the course.

Also whoever said there are no views from either of these mountains is absolutely wrong. Yes, technically the actual peak is filled with trees but take a quick look around and you will find beautiful views of the surrounding mountains/area.

Hiked Street & Nye Mountains on 12/26/2017. Set out from Adirondack Loj at 7:30am. Arrived at the Old Nye Ski trail shortly after and began the trail break. The trail appeared to be unused for at least a few days. Trail was defined but had probably eight to twelve inches of powdery fresh snow. We arrived at the first water crossing to find no defined way across and lots of fresh white snow. Long story short, we went very slow but not too slow and made it across without incident. It is frozen but was still mid level sketchy. I weigh around 225 and heard no cracking. Still sketchy though. Would hate to fall in there. Probably wouldn't be hurt but your hike would almost certainly be over. We continued up a relatively defined path and crossed a few more simple water hops. As we gained in elevation you could definetly see the difference in snow volume. Lots of snow, very narrow, very untouched. It was actually quite an experience for us. This was by far our snowiest outing to date. Had to crawl under a few trees over the course of the day but the blowdown was more than manageable. We broke good trail for approximately seventy five percent of the trip and felt great about it. Then out of nowhere the trail literally dissappeared. No sign at all of any possible trail. I walked maybe fifty feet and felt odd of it so turned around to regroup quickly. Literally as soon as we turned around another very friendly couple came walking up behind us and looked as lost as we were. I took a compass reading while they checked their phones. Turns out we were all walking the right way after all. We now had four snowshoes. Yay! It couldn't have come at a better time because we were now leaving "trail breaking" territory. This now looked like a straight bushwack to me. Snow was at least two feet deep. Probably five minutes later another came up from behind and joined in the fun. Six snowshoes! Even better! Again, it couldn't have come at a better time. Everything really felt like it happened for a reason to all of us for the rest of the day. Shortly after we reached the junction. Everyone waited while everyone else regrouped and drank and organized. Everyone was incredibly friendly. More friendly than I've seen. We all seemed to be in this together now. It was nice. Me and my partner hung our packs at the junction and headed to Street. More and more narrow snow hallways all the way to the summit. We hung, took a few pictures, took pictures for others and left. We were actually cold today and not ready to linger up top at all, haha. Made short work of the descent and then headed to Nye. Made even shorter work of that, did our photo stuff and left even quicker than we had at Street. We arrived back at junction and we all kinda said our "nice to meet ya's" and headed down at our own paces. We were last out at about 4:30pm. I know thats not a stellar time compared to some but we were happy. We walked basically a mile an hour which is where I'm usually at regardless of weather. All in all today was a totally different experience than we've ever had. All snow, no visible ice, cold as hell! It was awesome. We were definetly feeling it when we got down but it was a good burn. No slips, no falls, no submerged feet. That's a good day in my book. Street & Nye is good to go again. :)

Strenuous, but rewarding.

Definitely don't regret my decision to spend my Black Friday in the mountains rather than in a shopping mall. Cloud cover broke way to blue skies late morning. Trails were covered with snow and the tracks of previous hikers which made it a little easier to find my way on this unmaintained trail. Stream crossing was fun. Just make sure you're surefooted. Peak views weren't the best but if you pass by the summit for street there is a nice little lookout. And the views on the descent were glorious. Great day hike with the dog. Watch for ice

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5 months ago

sawteeth pyramid gothics and armstrong loop. awesome. left parking lot at 830am and back to parking lot at 6pm. forgot to turn off recorder when back at parking

The only views we got at the top of all of the peaks were gray fog, we got rained on a bit and almost knocked over by the wind but the feeling of accomplishment was well worth it. We went at the perfect time of the year in which the fall foliage was breathtaking and I had to stop multiple times to just appreciate it. It looked as the forest was on fire.

Beautiful trail into Colden that goes through Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake! The ascent is pretty steep but it’s made easier by many ladders and staircase steps that have recently been constructed. Great views of Marcy, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wright peaks.

Not much of a view at the top, but that's not the point of this hike, in my opinion. The terrain is difficult, especially since the trail is not marked or maintained once you get past Hart Lake. It would be very challenging to stay on the trail without a GPS. Towards the end of the trail, it gets steep, muddy and narrow, but the terrain is so beautiful and unique, that it's worth it. The best part of the hike is definitely at the bottom where the creek crossing, beautiful birch trees and Hart Lake are. Wouldn't recommend if you're looking to go on a nice day hike, but if you're looking to become a 46r, it's not all that bad. Just make sure you come prepared with extra clothing (jacket, socks, etc.) and a GPS so you don't get lost!

This trail rock !!

I really enjoyed this loop, however, this trail is *NOT DOG FRIENDLY*. I had my 55 lb pooch with me and I chose to carry him up and down ladders rather than turn around. This is definitely a very muddy hike, I would not recommend it immediately following heavy rain and I imagine the bugs are killer during the Summer months. The views are fantastic from the summit and once you break tree line. Took me about 6.5 hours with plenty of stops for pictures and a lunch.

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6 months ago

Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

Great hike, even in the rain. We started at St Hubert’s and followed Lake Road out to Pyramid. We summitted Pyramid, Gothics, and Armstrong in the rain and wind. Even though we missed out on the views this time, it still felt like a great accomplishment. The weather broke around noon, so we had sunshine on Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw. We took our time and were cautious in the rain and wind, so it took us about 12 hours. Excited to hike this loop again in better weather.

Treacherous, but fulfilling to get my first 4 46ers. Seymour was slippery, but well-trafficked. Doing Seward Range the next day, only saw one other hiker. The Ward Brook herd path is IN a stream for a good bit of the ascent, along slippery, moss covered rocks. Felt more like bouldering than hiking at some parts! I've got quite a few nicks and bruises-- Good trekking poles are a must! I went down Caulkins Brook herd path to spend another night at the Hemlock Hill lean-to, and as others have stated, found Caulkins Brook herd path a much more pleasant hike.

I don’t think think we would do it again, but what an adventure and hike! Amazing views on the first 4 peaks, with the last being wooded.

This was a nice loop hike that we did minus Wright peak. The Algonquin trail was steep going up but enjoyable. This was my second round for these peaks. There was a little snow still hanging around on the trail.

Glad I didn't listen to all the people who say there are no views. No views from the actual summits, true. When you reach Street's summit continue walking the herd path to the right to reach a lookout with some awesome views. There's also a lookout to the left just before reaching the summit of Nye with some views - not as good as the ones from the lookout on Street in my opinion, but still nice. Despite the fact that I did not enjoy the actual "trails," the views from the Street lookout made it worth it.

Limited views on Street. No views on Nye. Necessary for those going for the 46, but if you're just heading out for an enjoyable hike, I'd suggest picking something else.

the hike up was nice, peaceful, and secluded. however once to the top we were pretty disappointed that all our hard work climbing the mountain was a let down with the view. so overall a good hike for both street and nye mountains but HORRIBLE views!!!

A long hike for sure with plenty of scrambles, but if you don't mind the horrific amounts of biting flies and deep mud, Colden offers excellent views of Marcy, Algonquin, Wright, and Iroquois. And the path around Avalanche lake makes you feel like you're on a playground with all the ladders, bridges and rock jumping. Well worth the trip.

hiking
7 months ago

Didnt hit the entire range this trip but did create a lolly pop loop with Saddle Back and Basin. Started early at the Garden trailhead, hiked along Johns Brook and then cached my gear at a campsite just past JBL on the right. The hike along JB is a peaceful easy climb, about a 1000ft in 3 miles. Good warm up for the steeps ahead. After lightening the load, headed upstream about a mile then turned left at Bushnells Falls. This is where the pitch starts to steepen a bit. Steady climb to Slant Rock then another left toward Haystack and Basin. Some cool views of Marcy and Haystack along this section. Turning left again at a trail split is the final ascent up Basin. Some ladders and super steep sections then summit. The climbing is hard although its worth it! The views from Basin are some of the best. Haystack, Marcy, and Skylight are front and center. Johns Brook Valley sits below and the rest of the Great Range is laid out like dominos to the right. Its breathtaking and at the same time daunting, glimpsing the rugged path ahead to Saddleback. Its another mile to Saddleback, culminating at the infamous Saddleback cliffs to summit. Steep, exposed, and definitely anxiety provoking. The sights from Saddleback are great as is the view of Gothics sheer face as you make the descent to the Orebed Trail split. After summitting 2 peaks, i pointed toward base camp. Orebed trail follows the path of a newer slide which allows some nice views of the valley and Big Slide in the distance. I crashed at camp for the night, then hiked out in the morning. Long and challenging but an awesome hike.

No quick way to get to Colden so its a longer hike but to be honest, compared to other high peaks, the overall grades are not that steep. Due to all the rain this season, the terrain is pretty muddy, especially around Lake Arnold. Views at the summit are impressive, Marcy and the Great Range to the SE and the McIntyre Range to the NW.

Did this in the pouring rain. Climbing Alogonquin first was one of the hardest hikes I've ever done, holding on roots to not slip down the rock face. The rest of the hike was not bad at all. Going by Avalanche Lake was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and so fun with the ladders. Enjoyed the day and took me a total of 10 hours. Dog was able to do it!

Very muddy, and slick, but a nice "walk through the woods." No views from the top, but two more off the 46 list! Nye is mismarked on the app, as it is only 0.2 miles from the junction, and Street is 0.6 miles. Indian brook wasn't super high and crossing was pretty easy. The first two miles were mostly flat and a breeze. The junction seemed to take forever to get too with a lot of elevation gain, meaning breathing breaks every 2 minutes , but once there, summiting was apiece of cake.

Great views, a little scrambling, and very muddy on parts of old Marcy trail. You can loop using Avalanche Pass, but it's a 2k descent and not for bad knees.

I found the trail to be in excellent shape not much mud the view great, had lunch went over on Iroquois almost missed the trail right behind the sign walking through the bog was really cool Meet a young Englishman on the way to Summit we climb together met a German on top it was International Day on Iroquois. they left and went on their journey I had the top to my self for 25 minutes

Great trail to Avalanche Pass then a great climb up into Colden. Great new Hitchup Mathildas along Avalanche Lake and new stairs up granite steeps on the side of Colden. Coming down the backside to Arnold Lake seems to never end but the beautiful memories from the 360 degree summit of Colden makes it all worth it. Helps that we hit a top 10 hiking weather day. 72 degrees and brilliant sunshine!

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