|Jul. 6, 2002 (Sat.)
|Elevations: 4166 feet, 3895 feet; Order of Height: 31, 45
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Ewart Tempest, Phuong Truong, Markus Wandel
After a long dry spell of no new peaks, I felt it was time to perhaps consider doing some. In fact, this hike probably marks the beginning of when I really started to think about completing the Adirondack 46ers. Phuong was along for her first Adirondack hike.
To this point I'd never been on any of the trails leading west from Heart Lake, so this was a nice change for me. The trail ascends slightly and then down to Indian Pass brook. At the brook one crosses at a point just upstream of the confluence with a brook coming down from the flanks of Street and Nye. A very nice un-eroded herd path (really nice) wanders very clearly up and down over gentle slopes before getting down to business and following somewhat above and away from the south bank of the aforementioned side brook. Eventually the path follows more or less in the brook and becomes a more standard rugged Adirondack route, but still, not too bad.
Once on the ridgetop the going is easy and itsn't long before we reach the totally treed summit (but with a sign) of Nye mountain. From there we backtrack for a bit and then make our way over to Street, which actually has one not bad lookout just beyond its summit, and I'm looking forward to the unique view of Algonquin to be seen from here. However, there is so much smoke and haze from a Quebec forest fire that we can barely see Algonquin's outline.
One the way back, Phuong has a little mishap and slips into Indian Pass Brook, but she is none the worse for wear. We had thought about doing a return detour over Mount Jo, but we are feeling a bit bushed and so we skip that and head straight back to the Adirondak Loj parking area.
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Image Gallery: July 6 2002 hike (Street and Nye mountains)