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Crane Mountain

Johnsburg, NY
view from crane mountain, including summit markerPhoto by @kehanselman
view from crane mountainPhoto by @kehanselman
view from crane mountainPhoto by @kehanselman
view from the summit of crane mountain in the fall
pond near crane mountain in the fall
crane mountain and surrounding trees
sign pointing to the crane mountain trailhead
view from the summit of crane mountain
body of water hikers pass on the crane mountain trail
view from the summit of crane mountain in the fall
view from the summit of crane mountain in the fall
clouds over distant mountains can be seen from a mountain summit
trail sign that shows a pond in one direction and the summit in the other
clouds over distant mountains can be seen from a mountain summit
view from the summit of crane mountain in the fall
view from the summit of crane mountain in the fall
red trail marker nailed to a tree
plaque commemorating paul schaefer
water running in a cave
two people posing at the summit of crane mountain in the fallPhoto of Crane Mountain Summit courtesy of Gerry Lemmo


Overview

Crane Mountain is located in the Southern Adirondacks, and although it has steep and difficult sections, it is generally regarded as manageable for kids.

Crane Mountain

Hiking Crane Mountain in the Adirondacks – Directions, Hiking Info & Tips

Directions:

  1. Take Exit 23 off the Adirondack Northway (I-87) at Warrensburg / Diamond Point
  2. Turn east, then right onto Route 9
  3. Drive .8 miles and turn left onto Richards Ave.
  4. Cross the river and turn right onto NY-418 W/River St and continue across the river
  5. Turn left to continue on Route 418
  6. Turn right onto Athol Rd. and continue for 1.7 miles
  7. Continue on High Street  for 1.6 miles
  8. Turn right onto Mountain Road and continue 3.3 miles
  9. Continue onto Valley Road for .8 miles.
  10. Turn left onto Garnet Lake Road S (CO 72)
  11. Drive 1.2 miles and turn right onto Ski Hi Road
  12. Continue about 2 miles to the trailhead and parking

What makes the Crane hike so special? There are many stops for views along the way offering great rewards as you go! The shortest route to the summit is about 1.4 miles with an ascent of about 1150 feet. There is also a natural stone bridge over Putnam Brook.

Rocks, rocks and more rocks! Crane Mountain is a steep, rocky hike which makes it both challenging and more interesting for the little ones.

There are a few ladders near the summit of Crane Mountain that can be challenging for small children. 

Tips for hiking Crane Mountain:

  • Wear shoes with excellent traction as the terrain is very rocky.
  • Dress in layers; this hike will get your heart pumping!
  • While this was a very steep climb, there is also a less-steep option that goes around the pond. We chose the steep climb up and the longer winding route past the pond on the way down.
  • Pay attention to trail markers - if you miss one, you may find yourself feeling lost.
  • Plan to make a day of it! For a family with relatively young children, this was a 4-hour hike.

Crane Mountain: View From The Top

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