Ascent of Crane Mountain on 2017-08-20

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Sunday, August 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crane Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3240 ft / 987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had a difficult time finding the trailhead. The whole area seems to be undergoing alot of development, missing road signs and was a bit hectic. Eventually i found it by asking a local resident looking for his dog. On the return, i went a different way and saw quite a few signs to Crane Mt. This is a hike where you want to be careful with directions as there is no cell coverage on the road and the roads are all over the place back there. Im sure a SATNAV would be useful (which i didnt have before this hike). I always put this hike off even though it is closer to me because i heard finding it was difficult and didnt want to bother. Well, i confirmed this to be the case. Unlike some of the reviews i have read googling around, the trail itself and signs are marked well, you just have to find the parking lot :)

I went directly up the DEC marked red trail for this one. I didnt do the yellow trail around the pond as i had an engagement later in the day and had to head back soon. The beginning of this hike was a bit annoying, not scenic, steep just climbing up rocks. It was a hot day so i was sweating my ass off climbing up this thing with alot of mosquitos getting at me. It is a steady climb up with very flat areas to catch your breath. After an initial steep section you reach a nice area in the woods with a junction to the yellow pond trial. About half way up you start getting some nice views climbing up some slides. You hit a small ladder which seemed overkill to me at first until i started looking around for a handhold and realized the usefulness of this small ladder. Then you reach a chimney with a large ladder, which was pretty awesome. Once ontop of of the ladder you are up on the summit and it well worth it. The summit itself is absolutely beautiful!! you can walk for a while darting between the cliffs and tree lined trail. There are views all over the place up here. The trail continues down the other side, i think i looked it up and believe it connected back to the yellow trail.

I found 3 summit markers and what looked like remnants of old fire tower posts.

When I do this again and have a little more time, i will definately do the pond as im sure the longer hike makes for a more interesting and scenic approach vs just the short, annoying rocky climb.

This is a mixed bag with kids. Kids would be fine climbing it, but shit gets real when you hit that big ladder. I would be nervous having my kid stepping off the ladder to the summit, there is a gap there and if you slip there your going down. I know my kids would be clinging on me for dear life making it dangerous. For that reason i wouldn't bring my kids.

Met some nice people up there, one who ended up knowing a childhood friend which was pretty neat.

Got lost again driving on the way out. This hike prompted me to download the TomTom app on my iphone for the offline maps and start taking navigation a bit more seriously.

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