A Steep Trail to a Picturesque Area
Elevation: 3254 ft
Ascent: 1154 ft
Distance: 1.4 miles (direct to summit) 2.7 miles (past pond first)
Location: Ski Hi Road in Johnsburg, NY
Region: Eastern Adirondacks
Crane Mountain in the southern Adirondacks looks like a mountain that should have a castle on its summit. All the sides you can conveniently see or get to are very steep. Not only is there a fine view of the area from the summit, but there is also a very lovely pond on its shoulder. The shortest route to the summit is about 1.4 miles with an ascent of about 1150 feet. This more direct route has a ladder near the top which avoids a short scramble on a rocky pitch. The less direct trail to the summit is the more direct trail to the pond. There is also a second loop possible from the pond to the summit and back to the pond.
Note: For a more complete description of the trail, please see Adirondack Mountain Club: Eastern Trails.
This trail can also be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Lake George Great Sacandaga region (map No. 743).
Have a great hike! Bob Goodwin