Very icy! Crampons a must! Not much of a view from the summit.

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.

Lovely mild January day with temperature above the freezing mark until you end up at top. Extremely windy and cold at top with now views. Trek was easy via the Haystack trail until the steep climb at end. Very difficult climb in snowshoes for me as my girlfriend switched out to spikes. Descent was difficult in some areas, so we both opted for short spikes and slid most of the way down. This was our first attempt at snowshoeing in the Adirondacks and not our last.

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. :)

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

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!

We hiked McKenzie on 10/01/17.
The weather was perfect, around 65 degrees for the high. We started from whiteface inn lane. The jack rabbit trail is off this, about 1.4 miles down on the left. There is a pull off on the opposite side of the road, with room for about 6 cars. It's easy to miss, we did... if you see blodgett way on your left you missed it. Turn around and it's just up the road on the right.
The jack rabbit trail is a nice hike in, a wide dirt road with only a few wet spots. After hiking about 1.9 miles you come to a 4 way junction. Turn right here for McKenzie. It's not marked, but the trail will have red DEC markers. Some of the disks are so worn they are merely white round disks.
The first mile or so of the trail is a nice gradual climb. Enjoy it, after this section it gets much tougher. The high peaks trails guide lists five summits that you will ascend. For us, it seemed like one long hard slog up a steep and rocky climb. We encountered a lot of rocky ledges and some loose scree. Luckily there seemed to be a tree or bush near the trail to grab on to as you hoist yourself up.
Beware of these trees, some are quite loose. Give a tug on them before trusting them to bear your weight...
We were hiking with our dog Stella. She is a young and athletic lab. She was able to jump up most of the ledges, but we did have to lift her up over some of the higher ones. And there were a few boulders that we had to lead her up the best paths. McKenzie is doable for a young trail wise dog. But a bad choice for a younger pup or an older dog. This was a difficult hike for Stella both up and down...
There is a clear false summit. However there is a lookout on the left which allows you to see the true summit about a half mile away. You have to descend a very steep grade and than climb a rough bit before reaching the true peak!
It's marked by a sign, and someone attached a thermometer below it!
Btw, it showed a balmy 38 degrees!
There are two lookouts on top and the view is definitely worth the climb!!
After a break for lunch we headed down. It's a slow grind, as you need to be careful descending on the rocky path.
On the steepest sections we would lead Stella down on leash. Than one of us would descend below her while the other held her in place. This allowed us to slow her descent and enthusiasm and keep her safe. Slow and steady here, kept all of us injury free! The descent was hard on old knees and joints. But it's very doable as long as you pay attention.
One mention about the trail. It's not very well marked. The DEC markers are widely spaced. Someone had tied orange ribbons on the trail, but in a few cases the orange markers caused us to miss the trail.
We did a bit more hiking than necessary because of this, but we were always able to find the trail again. Keep this in mind as you are hiking, please...
All in all this is a great hike. Listed as moderate, and it may be, but the terrain makes it challenging. And at around 3860 feet, it's just under a fourty sizer!
Btw, this was our last mountain for the saranac lake six. For us, it was the toughest of them all!!!

Definitely an easy trail. Mostly flat. One or two places where you can see the river. Most of the trail is just flattened grass around a big field and the gardens. When you arrive be sure to bypass the unmarked parking area and continue until you get to the welcome center.

if you're looking for a trail that is challenging but not too far away, this is the trail for you. I began at the haystack trail head on route 86, which is the recommended start to earn the Saranac 6er. This is a challenging trail which I would not bring children on.

From the Route 86 Ray Brook parking area it's a 10.6 mile round trip to the summit of McKenzie and back. My route for this review. McKenzie is my first mountain of the Saranac Lake 6 Challenge along with Haystack (mtn #2) on Day 1. From the parking area to the split in the trail left to Haystack or right to McKenzie the terrain is fairly easy, muddy and rocky with rolling hills. However, that soon changes after the split as the McKenzie trail gets steeper and the trail more challenging. I would rate it the toughest of the Saranac Lake 6ers and glad I hiked it first. The trail is poorly marked in places and I'm thankful to whomever tied orange streamers to trees to mark the trail when red trail markers were no where in sight. The terrain is so rugged in spots that it took me 55 minutes to ascend one mile. From Rt 86 trail head to the summit of McKenzie it took me 3.5 hrs at a moderate pace. Overall, a tough and enjoyable hike - definitely a good workout.

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!!!

Beautiful views but difficult trail. For us it was not a moderate but a hard!

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.

we came up the jackrabbit Trail hit Haystack came back down went up McKenzie mud not too bad stayed on the summit for the eclipse walk down the back side on the SOA Trail nice round trip did away with the mud and rocks on the front excellent way to finish up the Saranac 6er

This trail is a beast. I saw an Oriole and a bluebird. Saw a few hawks at the summit.

The first couple miles are a pleasant woodlands stroll. Then steeper to a plateau. On the plateau it a short way to Nye which is _not_ where it is listed on AllTrails (it's much closer). Street is a longer hike/walk. Comments are that it's a muddy hike. That was not my experience. Mud yes but easily avoidable.

The trail is in really rough shape in many spots. Great views from the ledges. I would rank this as more difficult than "moderate" as AT has it listed at. There is quite a bit of actual climbing involved.

Trail starts out at Heart Lake, which is the best part of hike. When you get to Indian Brook you will see a Karin across from you. This is a marker for on the way back. You need to go to the right for a ways and look for another Karin. If you zoom in on the trail in the app, you can see that the brook is actually part of the trail. The trail had about 50 downed trees that you have to step over. Just about the whole trail after Indian Brook is muddy. On the way up Nye you will climb by a rock that you can stand on to take some pictures. There are no places to take pictures on the summit. When you go to the summit of Street, there are three short trails you can take to see some partial views. The trail to the left is the best one. This is an unmarked trail but the trail, except for the Indian Brook part, is very easy to follow. The is the first hike I have done that I would not consider doing again.

I was just trying to paint a picture of what this hike was like. With that said, I did enjoy the hike. It was challenging in a different way. It was almost like a bush whack at times. No markers, downed trees, tons of mud and several parts of the trail are very narrow. The hike was just over 9 miles. It took me just about 5 1/2 for the round trip.

Note: I saw a comment that said mud was easily avoidable. You can only say that if you go by this piece of hiking etiquette:

Walk through the mud or puddle and not around it, unless you can do so without going off the trail. Widening a trail by going around puddles, etc. is bad for trail sustainability. Just because it looks easy to cut the corner off of a switchback doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Help preserve the trail by staying on the trail.

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