Often climbed with Nye Mountain, Street is a more rewarding experience as it does have some views. While views are lacking from the true summit, there is a faint herd-path leading a few yards southwest from the summit. Exploring this path opens up outstanding views of the MacIntyre Range and beyond.
There is no true maintained trail to, or up, the mountain. However, time has removed this mountain from being truly trail-less and has made it a rather easy to follow herd-path route.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 31 on the list.
For a Twofer Day, include Nye in this trip by adding only about 0.5 miles to your adventure. The additional peak will add less than 1 hour to your overall day.
Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Take the first right after the Olympic Ski Jumps, onto Adirondack Loj Road. Follow this to the end at Heart Lake. There is a fee ($10 as of 2013) for parking.
This is a 7.25 mile RT over moderate terrain. This route starts out on the opposite side of the toll booth as the parking area. Initially it follows a gravel path to and along the shore of Heart Lake. Just after the trail register, turn right at the junction with signs for Old NY Ski Trail and Mt. Jo via Rock Garden. Where the Rock Garden Trail up Mount Jo goes right, the path to Street and Nye goes straight. It is officially unmaintained at this point so there could be the potential of downed trees blocking the trail.
There is a precarious crossing of Indian Pass Brook that has no bridge; high water makes this very difficult and potentially dangerous. The hike follows through open hardwoods, crosses two other smaller brooks and then through an attractive valley to a height-of-land before starting an aggressive climb to the herd-path intersection for Nye Mountain.
Street is to the left and less than 1.0 miles from the intersection. The herd-path to Street typically is very tight and has some deadfall to contend with. The grade is not too steep at any point and the forest opens up as you start the climb of Street from the col.
Round Trip Distance
8.0 miles alone or 8.4 miles when combined with Nye
Family with Young Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Hiker: 2 to 3 hours to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4+ hours to summit
Peak NameStreet Mountain
Most Popular Winter Trailhead
Indian Pass Trail to Street/Nye Herd Path
Winter Obstacles to be Aware Of
It is often needed to break trail on this one if you plan to go within a couple days of a recent storm; it takes a bit longer for this mountain to get broken out than it does the trailed mountains. In a case like this, the herd path can be difficult to stay on so it takes a bit of care to remain on the correct course.
As always, take care and bring a map and compass for extensive wilderness exploring.
There is only one designated route up this mountain and this is mostly along a herd path rather than a marked trail. The actual trail is located back by the toll booth at the back of the small pull-off. Once on the trail you will hike easily past an interpretive building and along a well-developed trail passing by Heart Lake to your left. Continue past the first intersection for Mount Jo on the right and continue straight, pass the trail register, and take the next right which will bring you also up Mount Jo through what is called “The Rock Garden.” Not long past here the herd path will come in on the left of the trail and a sign labeling the fact that there is no trail maintenance past this point.
From here you will remain flat for a bit then descend to the Shore of Indian Pass Brook. This crossing can be tough if there is not a decent layer of ice, be very careful here. On the opposite side the herd path brings you to the top of the knoll on the left and follows flat to a couple more small water crossings and eventually up a shallow draw following drainage. The trail gets steeper in sections but overall this is one of the easier peaks of the 46. You will gain the ridge at an obvious intersection with an “N” and an “S” carved into a tree, with arrows pointing the way.
Follow the “S” and descend a bit into a shallow col where the trail is very narrow. The climb is quite moderate but steady. You will arrive at the summit disk rather quickly. There is an outstanding view just past the summit along a secondary herd path, roughly 150 feet away and slightly downhill.
Find out more
Read our blog post, Street and Nye Mountains - An Adventure Above the Clouds, for an account of this hike.