Ascent of Crane Mountain on 2007-07-04

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Crane Mountain
    Elevation:8456 ft / 2577 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Lakeview drive on OR 140 8 miles from its junction with U.S. 395 to FSR 3615. (This turnoff is across the highway from Warner Rd, the approach for Drake Mountain). On FSR 3615 proceed 1/2 mile, turn right for 1.4 miles on old OR 140, then left onto FSR 3915. This paved road becomes gravel in about 4 miles and continues with good signage through a wide 4-way intersection at 5.3 miles and after 11.8 miles meets FSR 4011 on the right. In 0.7 miles FSR 4011 passes Willow Creek C.G. and, turning from gravel to rough, single track about 3 miles from the C.G., continues up to the Crane Mountain Overview and site of the former L.O. If the road is not blocked, drive to the destination. 4WD recommended. Uncertain of the terrain ahead, I elected to park at a convenient pullout about 1/4 mile from the end of the gravel section of FSR 4011 and walked to the Overview, a distance of about 2.5 miles. Soon after leaving my Toyota 4Runner I encountered a fallen pine tree across the road, closing it to peakbagging vehicles. From here I started to hike XC about a mile south to Crane Mountain. Soon I met the well defined Crane Mountain Trail, which runs the length of the high ridge. Near the peak I left the trail and hiked a short distance XC to the visible summit area. Great views with Goose Lake below to the east. Several of the "usual suspects" had signed the register: John Vitz, Andy Martin, Richard Carey, Gail Hanna, Ted Brackett. On the return I took the trail to its unsigned (but with a fairly obvious wooden post) intersection with FSR 4011, less than 1/4 mile from the Crane Mountain Overview. I had missed it completely on the way up. At its other end, this trail starts about 1.4 miles from the Willow Creek C.G., offering a longer but probably more enjoyable approach to Crane Mountain than the road approach.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Very good; hot

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