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We knew heading in that these two peaks have limited views but for aspiring 46ers you have to tag them!After leaving the ADK Loj loop trail to Mt. Jo you go “trailless “. Herd paths are well defined.A word of advice: if there has been a lot of rain or snow melt you will get wet crossing a brook. Rock hopped ourselves but was rather dry anyway.As the trail gains elevation you encounter lots of logs to scramble. Nye offers little view. Street has some views. I climbed a hardy spruce and got some awesome pics!All in all a good trip. Our fav moments were finding a red eft(?) salamander in the trail. The cedar log bridge over a creek. Mostly the creeks themselves.Worth the trip. Need to be in decent shape though. Not easy but doable.Take your time and you will be rewarded. Lots of birds.

I’m currently just under half way finished with the 46 and this was my favorite high peaks hike yet and one I’d be interested in doing again. Took 7 hours round trip with 10-15 on each summit (minus Boundary). Started at 4:30am heading from the loj and turned right at the first split to head to algonquin. The trail starts with some woods and rock hopping for a while. Eventually the trail becomes long steep rock slabs for a large portion of the trail, it was quite unique so far to what I’ve experienced (you’ll see what I mean when you go). Some soul crushingly steep and long sections of trail as well. Then as you leave the tree line it’s a long but amazing scramble to the top (as it is on all 3 peaks). Full views for all these long scrambles finishing off to the summits so that makes for a really fun hike. Made it to Algonquin in 2 hours 20 minutes. Was cloudy and windy this day so we didn’t stay too long (though you can tell this hike might have the best views of any hike around) and quickly went over to Iroquois (after going over Boundary mountain first). Make sure you take the correct trail at the split (follow markers and cairns down back side of Algonquin to trail split but take the trail to the right to Iroquois as the sign pointing you left goes down to Lake Colden, it’s easy to have the brain on auto-pilot and end up taking the wrong trail here). Narrow trail after getting back in the tree line. Took only 1 hour 20 minutes to get over to Iroquois and back to Algonquin. Similar awesome and enormous rocky summit with huge views. Started down towards Wright and went up from trail split. Took between 20-30 minutes to summit from split. We had great views for a few minutes then back to cloud coverage. We left and went down. Overall the terrain and hike was great. It might be difficult with young children and dogs due to the long and steep slabs and rock scrambles. There are much more friendlier mountains to hike with dogs and younger kids.

I personally loved this hike! It wasn’t muddy or buggy and even though they were wooded, the summits were still a nice place to chat and eat lunch. Make sure you check out the lookout at the top of Street that’s just a bit past the summit sign! Such a beautifully green trail. The stream crossings were fine except the crossing the big one in the way back got us mixed up a bit so pay close attention to the trail there. (Hiked 7/13/18 - 8&9th 46ers)

A nice hike if you’re looking for a walk in the woods. Otherwise, not much of a view/payoff at the summit. Between trail split and Nye summit there’s a boulder on the left that offers a nice view. I had no issues finding the path on other side of the brook, which leads downstream. Also, you can look for Cairn in middle of stream as a guide, but I imagine it could be washed away in high water. At end of heart lake, take Nye ski trail which leads to herd path. Have fun!!

My daughter (7) and I really enjoyed this hike! The trail was really easy to follow (you do need to pay attention for the cairn to cross the brook - we had no issues spotting it). No technical or difficult climbing is involved. An easy climb for us.. These mountains do have some nice views - you just need to put in a few extra seconds of effort to find them. It was pretty hot, we drank regularly and had a lunch on each summit to keep our energy up. When we got back to the Loj, my daughter took a quick refreshing dip in Heart Lake. That's how you finish a hike!

As others have stated, it's a good idea to bring a GPS & map - even though the trail is obvious. Some people on here have complained about bugs and mud... So what!?! Those are the things you face hiking in the Adirondacks!

Street and Nye are certainly not my first recommendations for people to hike but if trying to become a 46-r than they must be hiked. Or if someone wants a less populated hike it’s worth doing, though there’s many better ones to choose still. Wooded summits with some partial views. First couple miles are a flat’ish woods walk before going up after crossing the river. For being unmaintained the trail is easy to follow and obvious, though locating the trail around the river crossing may take an extra minute or two since people have crossed the river in various places. The hike took me two hours to the trail split. Once reaching the split, Nye took me 7 minutes to summit, and then back at the trail split Street took 21 minutes. Overall a 5.5 hour hike at a moderate pace with minimal stops. Ate a PB&J for maybe 5 minutes at the split for a boost of energy, summits didn’t have many good spots to hang out on so I didn’t stay up there long before heading back. The trail is muddy like most, but also very green and narrow towards the top. Happy hiking!

hiking
15 days ago

Incredible climb even on a cloudy day. Started with a moderate climb to Wright, and the clouds whiting out the atmosphere made it seem like you could slip off the slabs into nothingness. But the wind was blowing and the clouds shifted to offer a partial view of Algonquin that was breathtaking. Path to Algonquin was challenging in a similar way with more slab and steep sections where you want to use your hands. Unfortunately, on the way to Iroquois I missed the herd path and headed halfway down the other side of the mountain before realizing my mistake to hike back up again. Otherwise, the extension to Iroquois is flat and an easy addition to the trail. Wish there were better views from the latter two, but the clouds covered everything.

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15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Not the best views in the Adirondacks for sure. Moderately challenging trail made for a full day. Had rained the night before so we took off shoes and socks to cross the stream, which was up to our knees in some spots. Be prepared for black flies!

Only a sadist would hike these peaks if they weren't going for all 46.

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18 days ago

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18 days ago

Great hike! It was really crowded when we went. To be expected as it’s Fourth of July week. Marked really well. A lot of very steep climbs up rocks. Well worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Tough trail, rocks, roots and boulders all the way up, very little walking without looking down to find each step. View at the top spectacular, great bald rock with lots of space. It is a tough tedious go both up and down, very few flat spots. Don’t underestimate it.

It was a long hike but the sense of accomplishment after getting to the bottom made up for it. I brought three liters of water and I ran out about half way down, make sure you take plenty! The views from the three peaks were amazing. It started cloudy but on Algonquin I could see the Green Mountains in Vermont, about a hundred miles to the east.

hiking
28 days ago

Forgot to continuing recording before getting to the summit but what a gorgeous day and view! Nice and dry trail very few wet spots. Sun was shining. Wish I brought more water to head over to porter as well.

hiking
28 days ago

Incredible view at the top. 100% worth it but definitely on the more difficult side of moderate! Do-able but if you are out of shape expect almost 2.5 hr ascend. My dog loved it & took a nice nap once we reached the summit!

We went on a weekday & began around 230. On our way up the crowd was descending and once we reached the summit around 5, we had it ALL to ourselves. I highly recommend going later in the day it was amazing to have all that to yourself.

This is a long trail...my fit bit registered 34,000 steps and over 16 miles. That said, totally doable as a day hike, but be prepared for multiple ups and downs. And, for the record, I drank the last of my 100 oz. hydration pack water with probably 2 miles left on the trail. Trail is ridiculously well marked and it's basically impossible to get lost. There are people around here and there too, so if you have questions on distances or difficulties, you'll likely get the answers you require.
Views are on a different level, even from Wright.
I did Wright, then Algonquin, then Boundary, then Iroquois, then back, skipping Wright on the return of course.
Couldn't find geo markers on any summit except Algonquin. Super windy. On what ended up being an 83 degree day, I left the Adirondack Loj at 6:30 when it was 45 degrees. Two hours and 10 min later I'm at Wright summit and my hands were freezing... it was that windy. I literally wished I'd had light gloves.
Bring clothing to combat the high winds and possible low temps up top. You'll be glad you did.
Some pretty sketchy rock scrambles on both Wright and Iroquois, but especially Iroquois. You'll definitely need to push yourself up in many, many spots.
This is not a trail for beginners and I heard from some dog owners that their dogs were having difficulties with some of the rock scrambling. On your way to Iroquois the trail splits and there's a sign saying Iroqouis to the right...take it...it puts you on a super narrow herd path that will take you to Boundary and then Iroquois. No worries; you can't miss this sign.

Be prepared for climbing, descending, climbing, descending, climbing, descending, and on and on. I spent maybe 20 minutes or so at summit of each (other than Boundary) and didn't arrive back to Loj till 3:30 but I wasn't hustling at all.

I had some trepidation about tackling this unmaintained and unmarked trail, but I found that the path is decently apparent. That being said, doing some research, packing a GPS device (as well as a map and compass ) was handy. I checked my GPS a few times, mostly as a second opinion that I was on the right track. I actually had more difficulty locating the trailhead in relation to the parking lot. (For the record, it’s to your right as you pay for parking at the kiosk.)

A few things...

Indian Pass Brook was no problem to cross on 6/12/18; my boots got wetter on the trail.

You will step over/crawl under approximately 346 instances of blowdown.

There’s plenty of water along the trail for the first 2.5 miles or so. I started off carrying 4 liters for myself and canine companion and regretted it. If stopping to filter is your thing, you’ll be passing by a lot of water that you wouldn’t have to carry.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. A bit muddy, but the moderate difficulty made the view all worth it. There’s not a bad view when you’re at the summit:

Amazing 360 views with a fun rock climbing summit! We watched a rain storm move towards us in the distance - beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Rocky trail on the way up. It’s a little rough but very doable. The summit is an amazing pay off and makes the hike well worth the effort. Make sure you bring water along!

This was a great hike, but no true summit views. The trail was super muddy and the water was somewhat high so we stream crossing was tricky at times.

Fantastic trail. Rocky on the climb but not bad. Only a bit of snow/ ice at the pass as of 5/23, but slippery.

Awesome little trail. Stayed at lake colden under my tarp for a quick in and out overnighter, it rained the whole time but it was fun nontheless. I definitely have no idea why this trail is rated hard though, there's a few rock scrambles that kids or older people (maybe some smaller dogs) might have trouble with at avalanche lake, but other than that it's mostly flat.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Hike! Would love to go back on a nicer day to appreciate the 360 degree view

Alittle muddy and still has some ice.

GREAT trail! I especially liked the bouldering along the lake. Started at the Adirondak Loj/Heart Lake. We camped at the tip of Lake Colden to try out some gear for a backpacking trip. Beautiful hike and mostly flat, just have to negotiate some large rocks. Definitely want to get back out on this one.

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.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoe hike on to Cooperas Pond and back to the trailhead. From the trailhead to Owen is only 1/5 mile, on to Cooperas and back makes a 3 mile trip. Nice easy winter snowshoe hike.

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