Street & Nye (With a Vengance)
Submitted By Michael Virdone
The Mountains & Stats
People On The Trip
After getting turned back last year after getting only Nye and running out of time I decided to give Street and Nye another go. We drove up from Syracuse in the morning and parked at the Loj. The entire trail was a perfect packed snowshoe trail (thanks to all that broke the trail ahead of us), however if you did get off the trail you would sink in pretty deep.|
We made great time getting to the Indian brook and crossing was a snap this time since it was frozen with a few feet of snow on top. Once we crossed we began the uphill trek. The snow cover made it easier to navigate the area affected by the beaver activity. We kept a good pace until we encountered the blowdown that would slow us for the rest of the hike (around 3500' approx).
When we got near the Street/Nye col there were a few diverging snowshoe tracks. We decided to go for Street first. In order to get to Street stay to the left at every junction (and realize that you have to go downhill to get to it). The section from the col to Street had a lot of blowdown and generally tight configurations. Wearing a smaller pack would have helped considerably. To get Nye we used the snowshoe track that was at the summer trail junction, it led to the summit (apparently not in the same track as the summer herd path).
The Good and The Bad
The hiking conditions were wonderful
The crawling on my stomach to get under some of the blowdown
|It was an uneventful slog from Syracuse to the Loj and back in one day|