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Ascent of Crane Mountain on 2018-11-17

Climber: Lori S

Others in Party:Alan Woodin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crane Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3240 ft / 987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Seasonal road to trailhead and parking area was not plowed, so this added .8 miles RT. Parked on the side of the road. Took the shorter, steeper trail up. There was up to 2 feet of fresh snow and we had to break trail, snowshoes all the way. It was very grueling over the steep, rocky terrain that just didn't let up. We did not bring a dog, as hike mate read that the trail is not suited for one and it was the best decision. There are two ladders on the steep trail. One is about 6 feet, the other about 30 (according to CNY Hiking). Both are easy to climb, but once you're off the longer one, in snow, it was extremely difficult to find a way to see what to step and grab on, making it very dangerous. Eventually, we were able to dig out foot holds for about 3 feet, then continue on. Beautiful views from the summit. Took the other route down. Again, steep and rocky. The entire route, aside from the lowest part near the trailhead/parking area and out to the road, was taken slowly, step by cautious step. At some spots, I had to crawl up (I'm 5'4") and sit/slide on descent. This is definitely not one for beginners. I've seen photos of children on Crane in the summer. I'm sure that makes a huge difference, but still, it is steep and rocky. I also read that don't do this alone. I've done plenty of hikes alone, and I agree with this warning.
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With Alan on summit of Crane Mt. (2018-11-17). Photo by Lori S.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Calm to breezy on trail, windy approaching and on summit.



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